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The Federal Ministry of Environment has warned that coastal flooding resulting from sea level rise and tidal surges is likely to occur in Lagos, Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta states while massive rains are expected to cause river flooding in Niger, Sokoto, Benue and Anambra states. Also, flash flooding could be experienced in some urban locations such as Ibadan, Lagos, Sokoto, Birnin Kebbi and other towns along the country’s coastlines. The warning is coming on the heels of the House of Representatives’ demand that relevant government agencies take immediate steps to avert ‘massive flooding’ along River Benue and Lower River Niger. The parliament also appealed to the state governments and other relevant stakeholders to take note of the 2015 seasonal rainfall prediction by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET), drawing their attention to the notice by the Cameroonian government of the impending release of excess water from Lagdo Dam between now and November. Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Nana Fatima Mede who disclosed this to newsmen at an emergency stakeholders’ meeting on 2015 flood in Abuja, urged Nigerians to embark on clearing of drainages, culverts and canals in the areas of jurisdiction and remain at alert for any eventuality.   Source: The Guardian Newspaper

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This article was first published on 18th August 2015


Ejura Salihu is an Anatomist, Writer and Editor. She is currently the Editor-in-chief for Connect Nigeria. You can contact her via email: or follow her on twitter @icyquin_msc

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