Flood: 32 states, 178 at risk in 2023
There is risk of heavy flooding in about 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory in ,2023, the Federal Government has announced. It will also affect 178 local government areas.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu at the presentation of the General Highlights of the 2023 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) organised by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency in Abuja on Friday, February 17. This shows that many states are at high risk in 2023.
The minister stated that the highly probable flood-risk states include: Adamawa, Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti, and Edo.
Other states at risk are: Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara and the Federal Capital Territory.
The minister added that the level of flood impact between April and November 2023 is expected to be high in terms of impact on the population, livelihood, infrastructure and environment