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Nigeria Issues Flood Warning for 15 States Amid Heavy Rainfall Forecast

Nigeria’s federal government has issued flood alerts for 15 states amid forecasts of heavy rainfall from June 21 to 25.

The federal government has issued a flood alert in 15 states across the country.

That was as the Lagos State government, on Sunday, said it remained resolute in its quest to make the state and the metropolis flood free.

The National Flood Early Warning System (FEWS) centre of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Abuja, in the alert stated that the listed locations and their environs were likely to witness heavy rainfall that might lead to flood within the period of prediction: June 21 – 25, 2024.

The affected areas are as follows, according to the alert:

·    Adamawa State – Abba Kumbo, Demsa, Farkumo, Ganye, Gbajili, Jimeta, Mubi, Natubi, Shelleng, Song, Wuro- Bokki, Mayo-Belwa.

·   Benue State – Agyo, Ugbokpo.

·   Borno State – Maiduguri.

·   Jigawa State – Hadejia.

·   Kaduna State – Kauru.

·   Kano State – Gezawa, Gwarzo, Kano, Karaye, Kunchi, Wudil.

·    Katsina State – Daura, Jibia.

·    Kebbi State – Argungun, Bagudo, Bunza, Gwandu, Ribah, Sakaba, Shanga, Yelwa.

·    Kogi State – Abejukolo, Omale, Zugbe.

·    Nasarawa State – Gidan Dogo, Keana, Lafia, Loko, Rukubi, Tunga, Udeni.

·    Niger State – Magama.

·    Plateau State – Langtang, Wase.

·    Sokoto State – Gagawa, Goronyo, Isa, Shagari, Silame, Sokoto, Wamakko.

·  Taraba State – Bandawa, Donga, Kwata Kanawa, Lau, Ngaruwa, Yorro.

·  Zamfara State – Anka, Bukkuyum, Gummi.

In another development, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr Mahmud Kambari, called for the provision of safe, functional sanitary facilities and waste management materials in communities across the country, insisting that it is key to tackling infectious diseases.

Kambari spoke at the weekend, during the commemoration of National Environmental Sanitation Day at Piwoyi community, Abuja, with the theme, “Go green, stay clean, climate change is real.”

The permanent secretary, who was represented by Director, Pollution Control and Environmental Health, Ministry of Environment, Mr Olubunmi Olusanya, said provision of those facilities would go a long way in promoting public health and improving the sanitary condition of people living in rural communities.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, in an interview after an extensive inspection tour of various contravention sites, said the government would continue to enforce the law while reclaiming drainage setbacks.

Wahab said the team was on routine inspection to ascertain the state of some drainage channels, with a hind sight that most flooding issues were caused by negative human activity.

Michael Olugbode 

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