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Bauchi Sensitises Communities Against Flooding As NiMET Released Predictions

Bauchi State Government has embarked on a massive sensitisation campaign in rural communities against the impending dangers of flooding as predicted for this year’s rainy season by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMET. 

NiMET had in its 2022 rain season prediction raised an alarm that about 32 states of the federation are liable to recording flooding in this year’s rainy season.

Read: NiMET Predicts Bauchi 2022 Rainy Season To Begin In May

According to NiMET’s prediction, the ‘Highly Probable Flood Risk States’ are: Adamawa, Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross-River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa and Kaduna, others are, Kano, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba and Yobe, as well as Zamfara and FCT.

The agency said 233 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the 32 states fall within the Highly Probable Flood Risks Areas, while 212 LGAs in 35 States of the Federation including FCT fall within the Moderately Probable Flood Risks Areas. The remaining 329 LGAs fall within the probable flood Risks Areas.

Read: Floods Kills 25, Destroys Farmlands, Properties, Houses Worth N950 Million In Bauchi

Director Planning and Research Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA Adamu Nayola said the awareness creation campaign is to better the flood preparedness of vulnerable regions of the state against the disaster. 

He said adequate measures the agency is putting in place to checkmate the possibilities of flooding disaster as the state recorded in previous years.

“The Agency is adopting a sensitization approach through community radios and televisions, so that information will reach the grassroots because they are the major victims in this seasonal prediction.

Different scenes of flooding recorded in different parts of Bauchi State in 2021 killed 20 persons with 37 others injured and property projected to be worth one billion naira were destroyed.

According to the data from the Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency, all the 20 local government areas of the state were affected by the flood disaster in 2021.

Coordinator of Agency, Dr Abubakar Umar Gabarin said 6,000 farmlands were submerged, 47 culverts were washed away with 27 bridges collapsed.

Read: Again, Flood kills 3, destroys 200 houses, 3,000 hectares of farmlands in Bauchi

“The State government is doing all it can do to reduce all this kind of climatic change, by providing seedlings of trees because all the areas are without trees and these are the major problems”

“NGOs also have a role to play by providing seedlings to help mitigate all these high rainfalls and that will wash road and plans away,” he said. 

WikkiTimes recalls that different scenes of flooding recorded in different parts of Bauchi State in 2021 killed 20 persons with 37 others injured and property projected to be worth one billion naira was destroyed; all the 20 local government areas of the state were affected; 6,000 farmlands were submerged; 47 culverts were washed away and 27 bridges collapsed.

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