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Flood Impact On Nigeria’s Climate Change


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Flood Impact On Nigeria’s Climate Change

Floods have caused significant economic losses in Nigeria, including damage to infrastructure, loss of property

Floods are one of the most visible and devastating impacts of climate change in Nigeria.

Recently the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has alerted residents of the FCT of imminent heavy floods in Abuja.

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) High Impact-Based Forecast predicts heavy rainfall in the FCT on Thursday and Friday.

The forecast said there would be flash floods on roads and low-lying settlements, disruption of traffic and reduction of visibility.

Also expected are strong winds accompanying the rains may likely damage mud houses or weak structures.

It would be recalled that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) on January 25 released its  2023 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP), which gives a general climatic and weather forecast advisory during the year and the potential impacts on diverse sectors of the economy.  

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However, the 2022 floods led to the death of over 600 people and displaced over 2.4 million. It also affected investments  in agriculture, transport infrastructure, houses, and power lines worth millions of dollars,” Sen. Hadi Sirika, the former  Minister of Aviation said at the launch of the SCP.  

Increased frequency and intensity of floods

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Climate change has resulted in more frequent and severe floods in Nigeria, which have caused significant damage to infrastructure, homes, and crops.

Loss of lives

Floods have claimed many lives in Nigeria, especially during the rainy season. This has become a major concern for the government and citizens.

Destruction of farmlands

Floods have destroyed farmlands, causing a decline in agricultural production and food security. This has led to an increase in food prices and hunger in some parts of the country.

Displacement of people

Floods have displaced many people, forcing them to seek shelter in temporary camps or move to other areas. This has resulted in overcrowding, poor sanitation, and the spread of diseases.

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Economic losses

Floods have caused significant economic losses in Nigeria, including damage to infrastructure, loss of property, and disruption of economic activities.

Environmental degradation

Floods have led to soil erosion, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity in Nigeria. This has further exacerbated the effects of climate change in the country.

In summary, floods have a significant impact on Nigeria’s climate change, and urgent measures are needed to mitigate their effects and adapt to the changing climate.

Buhari Olanrewaju Ahmed, a seasoned investigative journalist and climate/environmental reporter with a decade of experience, unravels complex issues and amplifies critical voices. His in-depth investigative work and insightful reporting have earned him recognition as a trusted source of information. Ahmed's unwavering commitment to journalism and exceptional storytelling prowess make him a standout figure in investigative journalism. His work drives meaningful conversations, influences policy decisions, and inspires collective efforts toward a sustainable future.

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