Nigerians should prepare for more floods across the country, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), has warned.
The director general of NIHSA, Mr Clement Nze, said the country could experience more flooding because of a combination of climate change factors, population growth, urbanisation, economic development and poor drainage systems.
He disclosed this on Friday while making a presentation at a webinar organised by the Nigerian Institution of Water Engineers.
Mr Nze said changes in climate precipitation, river change flow regime and rise in sea level would increase the likelihood of floods in the country.
He said the public was engaged on flood sensitisation workshops, updating the hydrological database and improving on the hydrological modelling system.
“Installation of Flood Early Warning and Alerts System, at some identified flood hotspots around the country; publication of monthly flood and drought monitor, staff training, and improving synergy among the relevant government agencies mitigate flood disasters in the country, he said.
He said legislation enforcement and review of environmental Laws, enforcement and review of housing, land use, urban and regional planning rules and regulations were urgent measures that needed to be taken into consideration to control the risk of further flooding in the country.