The Director General of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, John Ayoade Shamonda, yesterday said the agency had placed some states in the North-east, North-west and some parts of the North -central region under flood alert.
He noted that states such as Sokoto, Zamfara, Yobe, Bauchi, Niger, Benue, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Taraba, Adamawa, Ogun, Osun, and Oyo had been placed on high risk by the agency’s 2014 flood prediction.
The agency also said states in the Niger Delta region would witness flooding because of the rising sea level.
Shamonda, who spoke in Abuja during the 2014 Annual Flood Outlook, called on people living in those areas to be ready to evacuate before the flood sets in.
He said: “We classify them into high risk, medium and low risk. High risk means you need to be at alert so that when the information is coming, you will be ready.
“When your area is vulnerable, you will be at alert. The high risk is towards the North-west, North-east and the coastal lines and those are Niger Delta region.
“In 2014, the expected areas for the river flooding are located in Komadugu (Yobe Basin), Niger and Benue Basins, Sokoto (Rima Basin), Ogun and Osun Basins, Cross River Basin, Niger Delta Basin and several other parts of the country.
“High risk areas are predicted over Sokoto, Zamfara, Yobe, Bauchi, Niger, Benue, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Taraba, Adamawa, Ogun, Osun, and Oyo state.
“Moderate flood risk areas include Kebbi, Kaduna, Niger, Oyo, Edo, Cross River, Taraba, Adamawa, Borno, Imo, Bauchi and Plateau States.”
According to him, the expected flood for 2014 will be lower as against those recorded in 2012 and 2013, adding that the country will witness a peak flow of 63 per cent of flood this year.
“The highlights in this year’s flood outlook call for decision/policy makers and other stakeholders to promote adequate preparedness so as to reduce the concomitant losses from flooding.
“There is the need to embark on flood prevention and mitigation measures that would ensure free flowing drainage systems as well as good preparation and maintenance of hydraulic structures such as dams and reservoirs,” he added.