Nigerian government warns of severe flooding in 28 states

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By: Bamidele Fashube

The Nigerian government on Tuesday, warned of more severe flooding in 28 states of the country between mid-August and September.

It said 102 local governments across the states might be adversely affected.

The Director-General of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Engr. Clement Nze, made the disclosure at a briefing on the recent flooding incidents across the country.

He explained that the flooding currently being experienced in Lagos and Ogun states might continue till the end of November because of the water spill from Oyan dam, Ogun state.

Nze warned that this may further exacerbate the situation if neighboring countries release waters from their dams.

He noted the recent flooding in Gwagwalada, Abuja and Suleja, Niger State were caused by excessive rainfall.

To this end, he urged Nigerians living in flood prone areas to vacate their houses for safety until the end of November when the flooding is expected to ease in many parts of the country

Some houses in Gwagwalada, a suburb in Abuja and Suleja, Niger state were last Saturday, submerged by flood as a result of a heavy downpour that lasted for hours.

According to reports,reports about 10 persons reportedly lost their lives to the Suleja flooding while five deaths were recorded in Gwagwalada.

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