Disaster Vulnerability, Severity of Flood Losses and Information Dissemination In Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria

2017 International Journal of Advances in Agricultural & Environmental Engineering  
Ecological problem of coastal flooding is one of the many challenges of riverine areas of Eastern Nigeria. The 2012 incident of river overflow was rather alarming. Part of the problem is with means of creating awareness and information about impending flood forecasts as well as convincing people who are attached to the environment to relocate to dry areas. This paper, therefore, examined the environmental effects of 2012 flooding in Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State, investigating the role of
more » ... ion dissemination in the severity of flood losses. It also considered flood disaster vulnerability in the study area. Field survey and questionnaire administration were used for data collection in this study. Stratified sampling method was used for questionnaire administration. Z-test was adopted in testing the hypothesis that information dissemination is not contributory to severity of flood losses during 2012 flooding in Ogbaru LGA. The study revealed that warnings and information dissemination concerning the impending 2012 flooding were not properly done and media used for such warning were not available to the local populace. It was also discovered that the poor and ethnically attached individuals are more vulnerable to flood disaster in the area. The paper recommended among other things that information / awareness about future flooding should be brought to the people using means and media available to the local populace. Serious education and awareness campaign should be undertaken to convince the ethnically attached in the community to relocate to other places to avoid becoming victims. The government should concentrate more on these measures that would prevent losses than on relief distribution after the losses.
doi:10.15242/ijaaee.c0417030 fatcat:imre6xns7bejfdx7wo2jljimuu