The Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency has launched the 2016 Annual Flood outlook. The move is an effort to sensitize the nation for timely and adequate preparedness towards any probable flood incident so as to prevent it’s impact. Director General, Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency, Moses Beckley explained that, the sensitization is aimed at promoting a sustainable socio economic development through warning for effective flood risk mitigation and water resources management.
Flooding is one of the greatest water related hazards known to man. The negative impact on human and material as well as ecological cost are enormous. Following the devastating flood event of 2012, the Nigerian Hydrological service Agency has consistently come up with yearly prediction of floods types, which serve as a pointer to areas that are likely to be flooded.
The Director General, Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency noted that, Nigeria recorded a total loss of N2.29 trillion due to devastating flooding in 2012. He therefore called on those living in a flood prone area to take proactive steps to avoid loss of lives and property.