Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency Calls For Removal Of Structures From Floodplains
The Nigeria Hydrological services Agency has called on Nigerians to start preparing for the 2020 raining season to avoid floods.
Director General of the Agency, Mr. Clement Nze made the call in an interview with radio Nigeria in Abuja.
Mr. Nze who explained that the best time to prepare for rains is during the dry season appeal for the removal of all structures and open up of drainage for easy passage of water during the period.
He said that the call became necessary as it served to alert Nigerians that the country would soon experience the peak of raining season for the year 2020 and now is the time to prepare for it.
“Localised urban flooding incidents being witnessed in some cities and communities in the country are results of late preparations. Nze added
According to the Director General NiMET predictions of the rain starting in February has yield results as some states have started witnessing the rains already.
Nze who explained that flooding incidents are usually caused by high rainfall intensity of long duration, rainstorms, blockage of drainage system and poor urban planning resulting in erection of structures within the floodplains and waterways appealed to state governments for early preparation.
“Therefore, states and local governments should endeavour to remove structures built within the floodplains, clear blocked drainage, culverts and other waterways,’’ he said.
Nze said that the agency will closely monitor the rains across the country to protect the loss of lives and property.