the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has warned A steady rise in water levels and weather forecast for the coming weeks have put Nigeria at risk of witnessing a recurrence of catastrophic flooding similar to what it witnessed in 2012,.
In a statement by its Director of Engineering, Clement Nze, on Thursday, the Agency said the signs observed before the massive 2012 flood in several states have manifested.
In 2012, catastrophic flooding had affected up to 30 states in Nigeria and resulted in the deaths of over 300 people and displaced more than two million people, according to data from the National Emergency Management Agency.
NIHSA believes the country is at risk of a recurrence of the disaster if steps are not taken.
This comes one week after the agency issued a flood alert for seven states – Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Anambra, Delta, and Bayelsa – on the floodplains of River Niger.
In Thursday’s update, the Agency said the latest development called for watchfulness by states along floodplains of not just River Niger but those of River Benue as well.
It, therefore, called on 12 states to be on alert with Edo, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, and Rivers states joining the seven states previously put on alert.