The minister of water resources, Engineer Suleiman H Adamu, on Thursday, May 6, unveiled the Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) 2021.
At the unveiling of the report, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), the agency mandated to sensitise Nigerians on preventive measures to reduce the impact of floods every year, listed the states at a high risk of being flooded in 2021.
According to the NIHSA, communities in 121 local government areas across 27 states and the Federal Capital Territory are at a high risk of being flooded.
The agency also warned that the flooding may be worse than what was experienced in previous years.
Stephen Margima, the director of hydro-geophysics at the NIHSA, listed the states:
2. Akwa Ibom
7. Cross River
In 2020, Kebbi state experienced a devastating flood which led to the death of several residents. In his reaction to the sad incident, President Muhammadu Buhari regretted that the timing of the disaster came when efforts were ongoing to boost local rice production.
The president went on to express concern over the flood that destroyed farm produce, submerged thousands of farmlands and houses, and personal belongings in the affected communities.
President Buhari also sympathized with the families of the bereaved and farmers affected by the devastating floods. He assured that his administration would work closely with the Kebbi state government in order to bring relief to the victims.
Lagos state also witnessed heavy flooding in 2020 that left houses and firms in the Lekki community in ruins and shambles.
The flood was triggered by a heavy downfall that hit the state and overpowered streets in major communities, leaving motors and commuters stranded.