Climate change is so dangerous that natural phenomena are becoming very scary. If you’re a resident of Lagos, Nigeria, you are no doubt aware that the city has been witnessing heavy to severe rainfall within the last couple of days. While this is so, Lagos is not the only city that has been predicted to face adverse weather causing high winds and flash floods.
Prior to this time, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) had warned that 34 states of the federation will undergo moderate to extreme rainfall spanning from August 31 to September 2, 2021. The report advised residents of Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, Benue, Ebonyi, Cross River, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Kwara, Lagos, Ondo, Edo, and Delta State to take caution and be more safety conscious than usual.
The agency also urged the public to take the warning seriously as the previously issued three-day forecast in July though 100 percent accurate, went ignored leading to the destruction of properties and human casualties.
What can people living in coastal regions and other low-lying areas do when there’s flooding? This article shares a few universal tips that can help you no matter where you live.
Evacuate on time
The best measure to take against flooding is to evacuate if you live in a potentially high-risk area. Secure your home to prevent damage. If there’s time, remove furniture and other essential household items to a safe place. Before you leave, make sure you switch off utilities at the main fuse if necessary. Remove all electrical appliances connected to electricity.
While evacuation is a safe option, many may not be able to do so because they have no alternative accommodations and limited financial resources. If that’s the case for you, read on to find other practical ways that can help to keep you and yours safe.
Inform others and keep yourself informed
Do not isolate yourself from others. If this happens as a result of your circumstance, make sure you notify people (your loved ones, friends, and neighbors) of your whereabouts. At every point, keep yourself informed either by listening to the radio, or surfing through the internet, or checking your social media.
Stay on firm ground
Don’t attempt to swim or walk or drive through floodwaters. If you must walk or drive through flooded areas, ensure that you move on firm ground. Moving water can be overpowering, strong enough to sweep you off your feet. Also, you will need to look out for stray electrical wires and downed power lines.
Be conscious of your environment
Take note of areas where floodwaters have receded, there might be slippery slopes that you should avoid. Be cautious while driving or walking through as some places might have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car. Also, watch out for debris, broken bottles, iron rods, planks, and other dangerous materials.