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Flooding: Hydrological Agency Seeks Evacuation Of River Banks Residents In Kebbi, Other States

10 July 2019 National News

Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has called for urgent relocation of residents of Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and Niger states who are living along river banks to safer places ahead of envisaged flooding.

The Director-General of the Agency, Clement O. Nze, made this known during the sensitisation workshop on 2019 flood prediction, prevention, and mitigation in Kebbi state.

Nze, represented by the Director Hydrologeophysics in the agency, explained that eight local government areas in Kebbi State including; Aliero, Argungu, Augie, Bagudo, Birnin-Kebbi, Bunza ,Ngaski and Shanga are prone to flooding this year.

Similarly, he noted that in Sokoto State, Gwadaawa, Goronyo, Isa, Kware, Rabah, Shagari, Bodinga,Tureta,Silami, Dange-Shuni, Wurno,Yabo and Wamako are also flood risk councils, while in Zamfara, Birnin-Magaji, Kiyawa, Bakura, Bungudu, Shinkagi, Gusau, Kaura-Namoda, and Marafun are probably at risk.

He added that in Niger State, Agwara, Magama would also experience the same fate while in Katsina State, Murawa and Katsina would experience flooding.

“We wish to implore the good people of these states and stakeholders to relocate people living along the waterways and those that are having socio-economic activities on the flood plains.

“States and local governments are encouraged to open up river channels, canals, and regular clearing of drainage channels to allow for free flow of runoff waters, and strive to construct buffer in their respective constituencies to collects runoff waters.” Nze stressed

Earlier, the guest speaker, Dr. Murtala Abubakar Gada, from the Department of Geography, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, noted that over seventy million people were exposed to flooding globally while eight hundred million people are living in flood-prone areas in the world.

He added that flooding could be averted if waterways prone to flood are well managed, construction of dams and reservoirs would prevent flooding disasters.

By Georgina Humphrey/Abuja

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