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Expert proffers lifesaving tips to combat flood impacts


Expert proffers lifesaving tips to combat flood impacts

Mr Mustapha Bako, an Environmental Safety expert, has urged Nigerians to take essential measures to mitigate flood impacts and protect their lives and property.

Bako, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja, stressed the necessity of the measures to prevent possible damage and loss of lives.

He said that by adhering to the recommended measures, Nigerians could enhance their safety and reduce the adverse impacts of flooding on their lives and properties.

According to Bako, it is crucial for all citizens to stay informed about weather forecasts and flood alerts through reliable sources such as local news, radio broadcasts and weather apps.

Bako said the importance of maintaining drainage systems to prevent blockages and water buildup, urging regular clearing of drains, gutters and water channels around homes.

The expert advised avoiding flood-prone areas, such as low-lying regions and riverbanks, during heavy rains to prevent emergencies.

Bako recommended securing properties by elevating electrical appliances and valuables above expected flood levels for those living in flood-prone areas.

“I also recommend the use of sandbags to block potential water entry points in and around homes.’’

He also suggested that families have a clear evacuation plan; including knowledge of the safest routes to higher ground or designated shelters in case of a flood emergency.

Bako said that health precautions should be taken as floodwaters could be contaminated.

He advised avoiding contact with floodwaters whenever possible and thoroughly washing hands if contact occurred.

“Driving through flooded areas is highly dangerous; even shallow water can disable a vehicle or sweep it away,” he warned.

Bako called on all Nigerians to participate in community initiatives such as clean-up and drainage clearance, adding that such could significantly reduce the risk of flooding.

He also recommended that those living in high-risk areas consider flood insurance as a precautionary measure.

VMT NEWS reports that the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has called for proactive measures to mitigate flooding and a change in attitude towards flood warnings.

The agency says that responding to flood alerts is essential for safeguarding lives and properties.

NIHSA’s 2024 Annual Flood Outlook reveals that 148 Local Government Areas (LGAs) across 31 states are at high risk of flooding.

The affected states include Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Kebbi.

Others are Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, and Yobe.

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