Flooding: 2018 World Wide Alarm
Preokosifa, Oyinprebi Prosper
The recent phenomenon worldwide is the terrifying flooding. Flooding which is a large amount of water covering an area usually dry is no respecter of person; educated or uneducated, rich or poor. And here in Nigeria, it has displaced persons and taken over cities.
In America, hurricane Florence has caused the flooding of cities, homes, in some cases destroying infrastructures. Also in Europe, the terrestrial rains across central Europe have led to the worse flooding records in recent decades, causing cancellation of trips.
Currently, in Asia; Japan, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines and India, are badly affected. The heavy rainfall and extreme temperatures are wreaking havoc across these countries.
Here in Nigeria, these rains are already pouring in torrents. The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), gave a forecast of twelve (12) states that may be affected massively. Nine (9) on the River Niger and three (3) on the River Benue. These states are Niger, Anambra, Kwara, Kogi, Benue, Kebbi, Jigawa, Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross River, Edo, Akwa Ibom. But as it is now, there are states like Adamawa Taraba not listed but are affected already with records of death.
The flooding has affected flood-prone areas, washing away farm produce and leaving the farmers in financial debts.
Bayelsa state is making proactive moves to avert the disastrous occurrence of 2012 that unleashed the worse flooding in the state. Whole villages were washed off, many people died and those not washed off, it took weeks running into months for the waters to go down.
The governor, Hon Seriake Henry Dickson gave out a mandate to the ministry of Information and Environment to sensitize and monitor the flood-prone areas, Following the directives, the commissioner of information acted upon.
The commissioner for information, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson has assured the populace that the government is ready to mitigate the anticipated flooding. According to him, there is a team set up to monitor flood-prone areas for rapid responses should there be an emergency.
Also, Iworiso-Markson threw lights on more measures that the state has put in place like partnering with relevant stakeholders such as the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to curb the flooding should it arise. The state also provided an effective and efficient call centre for residents to call and report cases of rising water level. The phone numbers are; 09037582261, 08025814636 and 08110413567.
At this point, it is expected that government builds life camps, provided with good amenities to cater for displaced persons and people should be encouraged to evacuate to avoid death and outbreak of diseases because once there is a flood, it will be problematic to evacuate. Also, individuals can contribute immensely by not building on the water paths, avoiding to throw garbages into drains and water channels, stop land reclamation and closing up of creeks.