The National Emergency Management Agency has raised the alarm that about 28 states in the country may experience flood in 2020 due to heavy rainfall.
NEMA’s Director of Operations of NEMA in charge of Ekiti, Ondo and Osun States, Mr Olusegun Afolayan, said this in Ondo.
Afolayan also said about 102 local government areas might be at risk of the same menace.
According to him, the alert came after the warnings from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency on the weather forecast.
Afolayan noted that the states under his jurisdiction were also part of the 28 states and the 102 local governments that were risk-prone to flooding.
He said, ” About 28 states and 102 local governments have been earmarked for the possible flooding.
“Flooding is not always caused by heavy downpour alone, but when dams were opened too, it always leads to flooding.
“There is a prediction from NIMET in February, and Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency, in May, informing us of impending heavy rainfall due to climate change and the ozone layer that will lead to flooding.”
According to him, the NEMA in collaboration with the Ondo State Management Emergency Agency organised the sensitisation as part of the agency’s pro-activeness to responding to warning alerts by different agencies dealing with weather.
Daily Times gathered that in June, 2019, a total number of 210,117 people with 171 casualties recorded in hospital and 130,610 people reported to be displaced, according to a report by NEMA.