News Alerts

31 Aug 2018 | 10:26 AM UTC

Nigeria: Flooding risk threatens seven states August 30 /update 1

Nigeria News Alert

Officials warn of flooding risks in seven Nigerian states (Kebbi; Niger; Kwara; Kogi; Anambra; Delta; Bayelsa) as of August 30; associated disruptions possible in affected areas

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/30/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/5/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Niger state, Kogi state, Kebbi state, Kwara state, Anambra, Delta state, Nigeria

Read all related news alert(s):


On Thursday, August 30, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) warned that individuals residing in floodplains on the banks of the Niger River in the states of Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Anambra, Delta, and Bayelsa should prepare for potential flooding. The warning comes after water levels increased upriver in Niger in recent days, causing river swelling downriver in the abovementioned states.

Some local dams have reached capacity with river waters spilling over and other may also spill over in the coming days, leading to flooding. Consequent transportation disruptions and power outages are to be anticipated in affected areas.


Some affected areas of Nigeria are currently experiencing their rainy season, which generally lasts from April to October with rainfall totals peaking in September. Torrential downpours are a frequent occurrence during the rainy season further upriver in Niger - which lasts from May to September - and often lead to significant flooding and traffic disruptions.


Individuals in and traveling via the abovementioned states are advised to monitor local weather forecasts, avoid areas directly hit by flooding, prepare for associated transportation disruptions, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities (i.e. evacuation orders). Please be advised that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all food discarded.


Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news