The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) says that 12 local government areas of Kebbi State will witness heavy flooding this rainy season.
Mr Clement Nze, the Director-General of NIHSA, made this known in Birnin Kebbi at a enlightenment workshop on 2019 flood prediction and prevention held on Tuesday.
According to him, ”High and moderate flood risk in 12 LGAs in Kebbi state are Birnin Kebbi, Dandi, Kalgo, Koko/Bese ,Suru, Aliero, Argungu, Augie, Bagudo, Bunza, Ngaski and Shanga.
”Flooding in Kebbi state has been attributed to the influence of River Niger and frequent overflow of Sokoto and Roma rivers and their tributaries and torrential rainfall which occurred mainly between July and September also increase the severity of flood in Kebbi State.
”Birnin Kebbi lies in the floodplain of Sokoto River, encroachment of flood plains and increase rate of permeable pavement couple with the effect of climate change.
“And over the years rice farmlands in Kebbi state are worse hit by flood as most communities in the state are predominately rice producing.”
The DG revealed that the FCT, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Sokoto -Rima , Anambra, Imo, Cross River , Niger Delta , Komadougu – Yobe and Ogun – Osun, Bayelsa, Delta, Lagos, Yobe, Ondo, Nassarawa and Ogun states will soon experience river flooding.
“The three categories of vulnerability include highly probable flood risk areas to be experienced in 74 LGAs in 30 states to be affected.
“Probable flood risk areas to be experienced in 279 LGAs, and low flood risk areas to be experienced in 421 LGAs,” he said.
He advised residents in the states to desist from building on water channels and filling gutters with refuse dump.
Nze however said that the agency has started a campaign designed to sensitise people ahead of time.
Alhaji Sani Dododo, the Chairman of the Kebbi State Emergency Management Agency (KSEMA), applauded the sensitisation workshop held by NIHSA, saying that all persons concerned would greatly benefit from it.