Expect More Flooding – FG Warns Nigerians

NEMA Issues Flood Alert to 14 States, 31 Communities


The Federal Government has warned states and local government areas to prepare for increased river flooding as the rainy season reaches its peak.

Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev, issued the warning in Abuja, urging precautionary measures to avoid disasters.

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According to the 2024 Annual Flood Outlook, 148 local government areas across 31 states, including Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, and Anambra, are at high risk of flooding. The outlook predicts heightened flood risks from April to November, with the most severe flooding expected between July and September.


Over ten states have already experienced flooding since April, resulting in casualties and property damage.

States are advised to intensify flood prevention measures, such as clearing blocked drainage systems and constructing flood barriers.

River flooding is expected from major rivers like Niger and Benue, emphasizing the need for continuous monitoring and proactive measures.


The Federal Government has constituted a presidential committee to address cholera and other waterborne diseases linked to flooding.

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