Federal Government Alerts Governors of Impending Floods in 31 States

Taiwo Ajayi
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The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof Joseph Utsev, has notified at least 31 governors about the expected flooding in their states from April to November this year.

The announcement was made during a briefing on the 2024 Annual Flood Outlook for the country in Abuja.

The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency disclosed that 148 local government areas in Lagos, Kano, Delta, and 28 other states are categorized as high flood-risk areas.


To prepare for the floods, various state governments are planning to demolish buildings on river channels, relocate residents, and clear drainages.

Utsev highlighted that 31 states have areas at high risk of flooding, while the remaining states and the Federal Capital Territory would experience moderate flooding. He emphasized that certain cities like Abakaliki, Abuja, Benin City, and others would face flash and urban floods.

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The minister urged state governors to take the necessary actions to mitigate the effects of flooding in their states.

He also emphasized the importance of flood forecasting and early warning systems in reducing the impact of floods on lives and infrastructure.

In response to the forecast, several states including Sokoto, Benue, Plateau, Rivers, and others have initiated awareness campaigns, created committees, and planned to relocate residents from flood-prone areas. The Federal Government’s proactive approach aims to minimize the devastating impacts of flooding on communities across the country.

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