THE incidences of rainfall in Nigeria this year 2018, have been vicious due to the continuous instance of rainfall in the country which brought about unfavourable incidences like rainstorm, windstorm and flood disaster.
It may be vexatious to convince victims of recurring rainstorm and flood disasters in Nigeria that water has no enemy. To some of them, the gathering of clouds portends danger and sends shivers down their spines. This is because the incidences of rainfall in Nigeria this year is astonishing due to the havoc and mayhem it has caused the victims who lost their shelters, livelihood and even lives and properties.
Since January this year, no fewer than 141 lives have been lost to rainstorm, windstorm and flood disasters across the country with at least 108 deaths, 192 injuries were reported as of late August, 441, 251 people affected and 141, 369 people displaced between late August and 24th September this year.
In Rivers and Bayelsa States 13,031 homes were estimated damaged and destroyed, they are the most affected states. Incidences of rainfall in Nigeria this year caused a lot of crisis in the states in Cross River State: 500 displaced, 321 houses destroyed, Enugu State: 3 killed, buildings affected, Lagos State: 2 killed, Kogi State: 500 people displaced, 40 houses/buildings wrecked, Jigawa State: 11 killed, 30 families displaced, 220 houses destroyed, Taraba State: 5 killed, bridges, masts, buildings damaged.
In Rivers State, 200 houses, 85 electric polls damaged, Katsina State: 61 killed, 10,000 displaced, 1090 houses destroyed, Gombe State: 3 killed, 20 houses wrecked, Ogun State: 19 killed, many houses damaged. In Anambra State, 12 killed, Zamfara State: 1 killed, 500 displaced, 200 houses destroyed, Delta State: 40 houses damaged, 63 Communities affected,
Yobe State: 100 houses damaged, Edo State: 1 killed, Ebonyi State: 7 villages submerged many rendered homeless, Ondo State: 100 buildings damaged e.t.c. Incidences of rainfall has affected 30 states out of the 36 states in Nigeria within the year, especially during the month of March, April, May June and July.
On March 17: A three-hour rainstorm destroyed houses and rendered hundreds homeless in Ganmo, Gaasaka, Alore Guinyan, Agbooba, Adewole, Kuntu, Magaji Ogidi compound and Okelele in Ilorin, Kwara State; March 30: Two Male students of private secondary school were picked up dead in the flood after a heavy rain in Alagbado area of Lagos.
On April 9th, Some areas of Owerri, Imo State Capital were overtaken by flood after Ijiumu Local Government Area of kogi State, were displaced after a heavy rainstorm that completely destroyed more than 40 houses and public institutions leading to homelessness of over 100 households.
May 5: windstorm accompanied with heavy rain, blew down a network mast that fell on a Restaurant building in Jalingo, Taraba State Capital, killing five persons including an official driver to the State Commissioner and three girls identified as workers in the restaurant, and a man from Maa dasa area of Jalingo, Taraba State,
May 8: About 15 person, including school pupils, were severely injured, while more than 200 houses got destroyed after a down pour was accompanied by heavy storm rocked Portharcourt, Rivers State. The incident rendered many people homeless and brought down 85 electricity poles in different parts of the city, forcing the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution (PHED) to cut off power supply from the affected areas, May 18: windstorm struck Army Barracks and the Air Force Base, Shinkafi, Modoji, Ambassador, Makera, Kampany and Kanbarawa areas of Katsina metropolis killing 6 persons, damaged 500 houses and rendered many people homeless.
June 6: A wind storm destroyed many 1,536 apartments and property worth millions of naira in some communities in four local Government Area of Jigawa State, displacing 30 families, June 8: Torrential down pour destroyed public and private buildings including children’s recreation centre, near Concorde Hotel, Owerri in Imo State,
June 16: Heavy rainstorm and flooding killed eight persons damaged 1,505 houses in Wuntin-Dada, Tsohon Kanfami, Lafiyari, Yelwa, Rafin Zurfi, Inkil, Guru, Yelwa-Makaranta, Bakaro, Miri, Tiwum, Railway road and Government Reservation Area of Bauchi, Bauchi State, June 21: Flood took over the Akwa Ibom State Secretariat in Uyo after a heavy rainfall e.t.c.
July 1: Four members of staff of a new generation bank in Onitsha, along Obodo ukwu road, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State were drowned by flood, which resulted from heavy rainfall, July 2: rainstorm killed one person, destroyed 100 houses and displaced 600 people in Daura, Katsina State after an Eight-hour rainstorm,
July 18: About 100 houses were destroyed by flood in Babangida, headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State following a heavy down pour.
On July 27: Flood arising from heavy rainfall sacked seven villages in Ohozara community, Ebonyi State, rendering many residents homeless. On July 26, Flash flood killed a 14 year old at Obibia Stream behind Governor’s lodge Amawbia Awka South local Government Area, Anambra State, She was with four other people in a 504 peugeot vehicle that was swept away.
The girl was in the flood for over four and was still alive when rescued but later died at the hospital. The stream normally over flows it’s bank whenever there is a heavy down pour e.t.c. On July 30, three children were drowned, while two others were declared missing in a devastating flood following three days of down pour that wrecked havoc at Okpoko in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State,
no fewer than 10 buildings were damaged in the area, which is a Surburb of Onitsha and July 31st, Flood killed a mother and her daughter in a rice farm in Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State. The deceased, whose name was given as Mrs. Achebe, was said to have drowned alongside her daughter during a downpour.
In conclusion the impact of rainfall incidences in the country is destructive, rainstorm, windstorm and flood disaster ravaged the states of Nigeria this year due to the overflow of river banks caused by heavy rainfall e.t.c.
Destruction of lives and properties caused a great loss to the economy of the country in the sense that most of the Agricultural produce were washed away by the heavy rainfall. These incidences should not be witnessed in the coming year, therefore measures are advised to be taken by the government in restructuring of good roads and drainages for good passage of flood to prevent loss of lives and properties. Citizens are also advised to adhere to Government’s warnings and sanctions, also to enquire from government agencies responsible for lands in order to be given a good site for building of houses to avoid unnecessary collapse and destruction.
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