Prepare for massive flooding come August, FG warns Nigerians

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The federal government has warned Nigerians to prepare for massive flooding between mid-August and September, noting most parts of the country would be affected.

The disclosure was made by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), a federal government agency saddled with the responsibility of monitoring surface and ground waters in the country at a press conference to update Nigerians on the recent flooding incidents across the country.

Engr. Clement Nze, NHSA Director-General said 102 local government areas across 28 states might be severely hit, with 275 others to also experience the disaster.

He also warned that the flooding currently being experienced in Lagos and Ogun states might continue till the end of November because of the water split from Oyan dam.

Continuing, Clement observed that the flooding being witnessed in some parts of the country recently, including the ones in Gwagwalada and Suleja of Abuja, were as a result of excessive rains.

He added, however, that the situation could be dangerous if neighboring countries release waters from their dams.

The NHSA boss told reporters that the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, had, since May, notified the state governments about the impending danger, adding that states should tackle the problem squarely.

He urged Nigerians living in flood prone areas to vacate their houses for safety until the end of November when the flooding is expected to ease in many parts of the country.

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