The Presidency has asked Nigerians to brace up for more sustained rainfall and massive flooding this year.
The massive flooding resulting from heavy rainfall recorded last week killed more than 15 people in Niger state and devastated coastal areas of Lagos metropolis including Victoria Island, Lekki, Ikoyi and Ajah.
The government also predicted that the monsoon wind would bring rain from the West Africa coast around between June 22 and September/ October.
Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, giving an update on the flooding, said it will later spread to 30 states and 100 local government areas across the nation.
He said: “The rains did not start early this year, thereby possibly causing long duration torrential downpour and causing unexpected urban/flash floods in areas with non-existing or inadequate drainage system in the country.
“The flow of surface water are being monitored by Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) while alerts will continue to be issued.
“Urban/flash floods (i.e overflow due to sustained rainfall) in the urban cities or semi urban areas can be reduced with effective and adequate drainage systems. People must not use this facility as refuse bins which will block and render the facility useless with the probability of flooding heightened when it rains.”
The Minister explained that a nationwide sensitization tour will be embarked upon to educate people at the grassroots ahead of the imminent heavy rainfall, which he blames on the late arrival of rainfall and inadequate drainage in the flood prone areas.
Meanwhile Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, has approved the immediate release of N1.6 billion from the Ecological Fund to 16 states ravaged, so far, by the recent flooding.
The states, according to Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina, include Edo, Sokoto, Ekiti, Osun, Akwa Ibom, Kebbi, Bayelsa, Enugu, Abia, Oyo, Lagos and Plateau.