Nigeria Braces for Annual Flood Threat: 148 LGAs in 31 States on High Alert

The cautionary advisory came from the Minister of Water Resources, Prof Joseph Utsev, during the presentation of the 2024 Annual Flood Outlook by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency on Tuesday

Federal Government Warns of Impending Floods; Urges Vigilance and Preparedness

Abuja, Nigeria – As Nigeria enters its annual flood season, the Federal Government has issued a stern warning to citizens, highlighting 148 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in 31 states as high flood-risk zones. 


The cautionary advisory came from the Minister of Water Resources, Prof Joseph Utsev, during the presentation of the 2024 Annual Flood Outlook by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency on Tuesday.

According to Utsev, the annual flood outlook serves as a crucial guide for mitigating the impact of floods on communities across the nation. The flood season is anticipated to stretch from April to November 2024, with various regions expected to face the brunt of nature’s fury.

States such as Lagos, Rivers, Ogun, and 28 others have been listed among those affected, signaling a nationwide concern. The minister outlined the high flood-risk areas, which include Adamawa, Anambra, Delta, Kogi, Oyo, and many more. 

These regions are susceptible to flooding, posing significant threats to population centers, agriculture, infrastructure, and the environment.

While presenting the report, Utsev did not specify the areas categorized under moderate flood risk, leaving room for speculation on additional regions facing potential inundation.

A closer examination of the Annual Flood Outlook reveals a timeline of heightened risk across the country. Seventy-two LGAs are identified as high flood-risk areas during the months of April, May, and June, while another portion of 135 LGAs faces similar threats from July to September.


Additionally, 44 LGAs are at risk from October through December. Historical precedents compound the gravity of the situation. The devastating floods of 2022, considered the worst since 2012, left a lasting impact on Nigeria. 

Over two million people were displaced as the floods engulfed 33 of the nation’s 36 states, underscoring the urgent need for proactive measures and enhanced preparedness.

This year’s forecast echoes similar sentiments to those of previous years. In February 2023, the Federal Government alerted Nigerians to the impending flood risks, with 178 LGAs in 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory identified as high-risk areas. The following months saw efforts to mitigate potential damage, yet the challenge persists.

In light of these projections, the government continues to emphasize the importance of readiness and resilience-building at both the individual and community levels. 

Early warning systems, evacuation plans, and investment in flood-resistant infrastructure are among the recommended strategies to minimize loss of life and property.

While Nigeria grapples with recurring seasonal flooding, efforts to address the underlying causes remain paramount. Sustainable water management practices, land-use planning, and environmental conservation initiatives are essential for long-term resilience against natural disasters.

As the nation braces for the impending flood season, collaboration between government agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector becomes imperative. 

By working together, Nigeria can bolster its capacity to withstand the challenges posed by nature’s unpredictable forces. In conclusion, the Federal Government’s warning serves as a sobering reminder of the imminent threat posed by annual floods.

 With 148 LGAs in 31 states identified as high-risk zones, proactive measures and community engagement are essential for safeguarding lives and livelihoods. 

As the nation navigates through this critical period, collective action and preparedness will be key in mitigating the impact of this natural phenomenon.


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