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PRESS RELEASE The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency is most active, most responsive and most visible agency at the upstream sector in the prediction and early warning flood alert in the country. The Director General Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency Engr. Clement Nze said this today at the Press Briefing held today at the Agency’s Conference room. Engr. Nze speaking said the purpose of the Press Briefing was to call the attention of the general public especially the states and Local Government Councils to intensify and step up efforts towards averting flood related disasters in their localities as the nation gradually moves into the peak of flooding season. The Director General said the peak of flooding season is usually during the months of July, August, September and early October. He noted that several states have already experienced high degree of flooding incidents with devastating destructions. The DG speaking further said some states had already encountered flooding as early as April and as at today flood misadventure has transpired in many States. These notably are, Lagos  ( Mushing, Shomolu, Victoria Island, Lekki, Marina, etc), Nassarawa (Keffi), Anambra ( Onitsha), Imo (Owerri), Abia (Aba), Kwara (Ilorin, Offa),  Yobe, (Gashua), Ekiti (Ado Ekiti), Ogun (Ijebu- Ode), Delta (Asaba), Taraba (Jalingo), Ondo (Akure town), Enugu (Enugu), Abia (Aba), Kaduna ( Kaduna), Rivers(Bori), Ogun (Ijebu-Ode) Others are Borno, and Katsina States, noting that all the flood occurrence were triggered by poor drainage systems as localized rainfall produce flash/urban flooding and however River and Coastal flooding are yet to take place. Engr. Nze noted that the Agency will continue to monitor the developments on River Benue sub- basin as the country is approaching critical months, he said the Agency will keep close contact with the Cameroon authorities with regards to flood setting, in the upper catchment of the sub-basin. He further urged the general public to continue to take necessary measures to prevent the unappealing flooding menace of the past years by clearing the drainage systems and canals, people living along the water ways and those carrying out socio-economic activities on the flood plains, should relocate, the construction of dykes, flood- walls, buffer dams, detention basins and water retaining structures. Others include construction of wells, small reservoirs on tributary, streams and rivers for conservation of floodwater to be used during the dry season thereby preventing desert encroach, increasing irrigation food crop production, improvement of grassland areas, nomadic settlement, peace and sustainable development amongst others.   Lauretta Samuel (Mrs) Head Press and PR Unit 28th July 2021.

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