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  How one community is battling floods Nigerian News Agency Humans and wild animals face new challenges to survive due to climate change More frequent and intense droughts storms heat waves rising sea levels melting glaciers and warming oceans can directly harm animals destroy the places they live and wreak havoc on ecosystems livelihoods of individuals and communities Floods are a recurring natural hazard in Nigeria and have become more frequent across the country in the last two decades Agriculture health infrastructure economy and trade are negatively affected as evidenced in 2012 when severe flooding contributed to reduced economic growth in agriculture and trade Increased flooding due to sea level rise will have negative impacts on agriculture the economy coastal infrastructure human health coastal ecosystems and human settlements Sea levels have been rising along the Nigerian coast causing coastal erosion and the loss of some villages Kabayi is a slum in Mararaba near the nation s capital Abuja in the Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa state Like many poor neighborhoods Mararaba faces the challenge of poor infrastructure most notably the drainage system Domingo de Antamen and his companion clearing the path of water Due to poor drainage many parts of the community were flooded with water every time it rained heavily leaving in its wake destruction of property including buildings and household items The rains have been very intense this year Some people say that it is one of the heaviest that has caused flooding in many parts of the country According to one report poor or non existent drainage systems are one of the main causes of flooding Many residential areas have no drainage system and rely on natural drainage channels Some experts attribute the extreme weather conditions to the depletion of the ozone layer which they say has caused climate change There have been floods in various parts of Nigeria such as Kogi Benue Anambra Taraba Rivers states among others According to the Federal Government 500 people have died in recent weeks due to the natural disaster The Federal Government at the meeting of agencies related to the recent floods said that more than 45 249 houses were destroyed and 70 566 hectares of farmland were destroyed and 600 000 people destroyed Water Resources Minister Suleiman Adamu said during a recent media interview that the behavior of some Nigerians contributes to the flood challenge Many Nigerians simply refuse to respect the law They have built over watercourses they have blocked drains and water channels said Adamu Some waste is dumped into waterways But the residents of Kabayi have decided to fight the threat of flooding through community efforts Mr Antamen Sunday leads a team of community volunteers championing the cause of keeping debris out of storm drains and the neighborhood from the impacts of flooding We are aware that this place is under the Karu Local Government Area The local government council is supposed to carry out environmental sanitation activities in this area to prevent the drainage system from being blocked However we are also aware that we are directly affected by the state of this system and have decided to provide our own solution pending government intervention We can t keep waiting for the council We organize ourselves in groups and take turns cleaning the watercourses It s voluntary and some members sometimes chip in money for their snack Sunday said In San Francisco some communities in 2016 chose to Adopt a Drain to address flooding and other related environmental issues The New Humanitarian explained that the programs involved volunteers who help keep storm drains clear of debris improving water quality and preventing flooding citing Oakland resident Peter Crigg as the arrowhead of the campaign It s a great benefit for the city especially during a big storm being able to mobilize hundreds of people can prevent a lot of flooding he said Being a poor neighborhood unlike San Francisco it is doubtful that Kabayi s volunteers will have enough energy to sustain the project in the future Some area residents are grateful for the group s efforts and ask for support for the team They really are doing a wonderful job said area resident Mary Gabriel Since they started this project we have witnessed fewer cases of water flooding into people s houses The other time the water brought down my neighbor s fence and flooded another house nearby But we didn t see that in the last rains although they were also strong We know that it is the duty of the government to attend to these types of situations for now the community group approach is helping he said For now the volunteers have worked through the 2022 rainy season and Dennis Amos another member of the team is optimistic the work will continue well into the future We are ready to get on with the job and we will do just that The only thing we need is the support both moral and official from local government authorities and even from Non Governmental Organizations As you may know volunteering is a relatively new concept in this country it s not in our culture so it will be great to get moral and if possible logistical support from the right quarters We have chosen this service to provide our community and we will fulfill it he said Saudat Aminu has a grocery store in the area She says that the flooding has been a huge hindrance to her business and she is grateful that some members of the community have taken it upon themselves to try to remedy the situation As you can see I have a shop here Every time there s a downpour this place becomes a no go zone and for days my business stops Unfortunately most of the time the heavy rains that make this place impassable take place at night So after such rains I can t even enter my store We in this community are happy for the effort that the volunteers are making she told this writer Remains of one of the destroyed buildings Kabayi Mararaba Garius Ahmed is one of those whose house was regularly flooded with flood water It used to be a nightmare for us every time it rained Our building is often flooded and we have lost property worth several thousand naira she said It is suggested that the Karu Local Government Council partner with relevant stakeholders including state and federal governments to provide a more lasting solution to the food problem in the area Starting with the Kabayi volunteers the plan will be a great idea As the world grapples with environmental problems arising from climate change it has become important for communities and individuals to complement the efforts of governments to find pragmatic solutions to such challenges while governments craft more lasting responses Characteristic If used please credit the writer and the Nigerian News Agency Source Credit NAN
How a community is fighting back against flood water

How one community is battling floods

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Humans and wild animals face new challenges to survive due to climate change. More frequent and intense droughts, storms, heat waves, rising sea levels, melting glaciers, and warming oceans can directly harm animals, destroy the places they live, and wreak havoc on ecosystems. livelihoods of individuals and communities.

Floods are a recurring natural hazard in Nigeria and have become more frequent across the country in the last two decades. Agriculture, health, infrastructure, economy and trade are negatively affected, as evidenced in 2012 when severe flooding contributed to reduced economic growth in agriculture and trade.

Increased flooding due to sea level rise will have negative impacts on agriculture, the economy, coastal infrastructure, human health, coastal ecosystems, and human settlements. Sea levels have been rising along the Nigerian coast, causing coastal erosion and the loss of some villages.

Karu Local Government Area

Kabayi is a slum in Mararaba, near the nation’s capital Abuja, in the Karu Local Government Area of ​​Nasarawa state. Like many poor neighborhoods, Mararaba faces the challenge of poor infrastructure, most notably the drainage system.

Domingo de Antamen and his companion clearing the path of water

Due to poor drainage, many parts of the community were flooded with water every time it rained heavily, leaving in its wake destruction of property, including buildings and household items.

The rains have been very intense this year. Some people say that it is one of the heaviest that has caused flooding in many parts of the country.

According to one report, poor or non-existent drainage systems are one of the main causes of flooding. Many residential areas have no drainage system and rely on natural drainage channels.

Some experts attribute the extreme weather conditions to the depletion of the ozone layer, which they say has caused climate change.

There have been floods in various parts of Nigeria such as Kogi, Benue, Anambra, Taraba, Rivers states among others.

Federal Government

According to the Federal Government, 500 people have died in recent weeks due to the natural disaster.

Federal Government

The Federal Government at the meeting of agencies related to the recent floods said that more than 45,249 houses were destroyed and 70,566 hectares of farmland were destroyed and 600,000 people destroyed.

Water Resources Minister Suleiman Adamu

Water Resources Minister Suleiman Adamu said during a recent media interview that the behavior of some Nigerians contributes to the flood challenge.

Many Nigerians

“Many Nigerians simply refuse to respect the law. They have built over watercourses, they have blocked drains and water channels,” said Adamu.

Some waste is dumped into waterways

But the residents of Kabayi have decided to fight the threat of flooding through community efforts.

Antamen Sunday

Mr. Antamen Sunday leads a team of community volunteers, championing the cause of keeping debris out of storm drains and the neighborhood from the impacts of flooding.

Karu Local Government Area

“We are aware that this place is under the Karu Local Government Area. The local government council is supposed to carry out environmental sanitation activities in this area to prevent the drainage system from being blocked.

“However, we are also aware that we are directly affected by the state of this system and have decided to provide our own solution pending government intervention. We can’t keep waiting for the council.

“We organize ourselves in groups and take turns cleaning the watercourses. It’s voluntary, and some members sometimes chip in money for their snack,” Sunday said.

San Francisco

In San Francisco, some communities in 2016 chose to “Adopt a Drain” to address flooding and other related environmental issues.

New Humanitarian

The New Humanitarian explained that the programs involved volunteers, who help keep storm drains clear of debris, improving water quality and preventing flooding, citing Oakland resident Peter Crigg as the arrowhead of the campaign.

“It’s a great benefit for the city, especially during a big storm… being able to mobilize hundreds of people can prevent a lot of flooding,” he said.

San Francisco

Being a poor neighborhood unlike San Francisco, it is doubtful that Kabayi’s volunteers will have enough energy to sustain the project in the future.

Some area residents are grateful for the group’s efforts and ask for support for the team.

Mary Gabriel

“They really are doing a wonderful job,” said area resident Mary Gabriel. “Since they started this project, we have witnessed fewer cases of water flooding into people’s houses. The other time, the water brought down my neighbor’s fence and flooded another house nearby.

“But we didn’t see that in the last rains, although they were also strong. We know that it is the duty of the government to attend to these types of situations, for now the community group approach is helping”, he said.

Dennis Amos

For now, the volunteers have worked through the 2022 rainy season, and Dennis Amos, another member of the team, is optimistic the work will continue well into the future.

Non-Governmental Organizations

“We are ready to get on with the job and we will do just that. The only thing we need is the support, both moral and official, from local government authorities and even from Non-Governmental Organizations.

“As you may know, volunteering is a relatively new concept in this country; it’s not in our culture, so it will be great to get moral and, if possible, logistical support from the right quarters.

“We have chosen this service to provide our community and we will fulfill it,” he said.

Saudat Aminu

Saudat Aminu has a grocery store in the area. She says that the flooding has been a huge hindrance to her business and she is grateful that some members of the community have taken it upon themselves to try to remedy the situation.

”As you can see, I have a shop here. Every time there’s a downpour, this place becomes a no-go zone and for days my business stops.

“Unfortunately, most of the time, the heavy rains that make this place impassable take place at night. So after such rains, I can’t even enter my store. We in this community are happy for the effort that the volunteers are making,” she told this writer.

Remains of one of the destroyed buildings Kabayi, Mararaba

Garius Ahmed

Garius Ahmed is one of those whose house was regularly flooded with flood water.

“It used to be a nightmare for us every time it rained. Our building is often flooded and we have lost property worth several thousand naira,” she said.

Karu Local Government Council

It is suggested that the Karu Local Government Council partner with relevant stakeholders, including state and federal governments, to provide a more lasting solution to the food problem in the area. Starting with the Kabayi volunteers, the plan will be a great idea.

As the world grapples with environmental problems arising from climate change, it has become important for communities and individuals to complement the efforts of governments to find pragmatic solutions to such challenges, while governments craft more lasting responses. (Characteristic)

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