The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has warned Cross River State to prepare for flood in the coming months, howthat; the state is at risk of river and coastal flooding this year due to poor drainage system.
NIHSA stated this in its 2018 Annual Flood Outlook, yesterday in Abuja.
It projected flooding in 78 local councils across the country with Calabar atop the chart.
Other states with high risk of river flooding are – Sokoto, Niger, Benue, Anambra, Niger Delta, Anambra, Ogun-Osun, and Yobe.
Meanwhile, Lagos, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta and Ondo States may likely experience coastal flooding due to rise in sea level and tidal surge which would impact fishing and coastal transportation.
The Minister of Water Resource, Suleiman Adamu, said going by the prediction, water levels on the River Niger and Benue among other major rivers, would rise and remain high during the rainy season.
“We can however, manage these extreme events in such a manner that their deleterious effects are mitigated and become less devastating,” he said.
Adamu expressed concerns that some dams in the country were getting silted up and the storage capacity was reducing thus causing water to be spilled through the waterways.