Weather experts have called on the Osun State government to implement a flood master plan, fund flood defences and ensure people adopt proper ways of relating with the environment to mitigate the disastrous consequences of flooding.
While the experts acknowledge that the steps may not prevent flooding, they maintained that it will reduce its effect on the environment to the barest minimum.
The duo of John Onyeziri, a retired Meteorologist with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and Engineer Debo Alani, a retired Director of Flood Control and Engineering Services, Osun State Ministry of Environment gave these recommendations during a current affairs programme monitored in Osogbo.
As part of efforts to control flood, they advised the government to stop the illegal dumping of refuse on drainage, streams and rivers, stop and control illegal mining activities, improve channelisation designs and installation of early warning flood systems in flood-prone areas across the state.
While noting that climate change and global warming was affecting the level of rainfall and the persistence of flooding, the duo also advised residents to stop the buying and development of land that are nearer to rivers and streams as this would affect the natural course of water.
Meanwhile, a heavy downpour on Wednesday night has left parts of Osogbo the state capital flooded and partly submerged.
Places like Rasco, Awosuru, Alekuwodo, Gbodofon were all affected as residents and business owners could be observed going about salvaging their properties and wares.
Residents who spoke on Thursday called on the state government to come up with a permanent solution to the perennial flood problem as it is now becoming a matter that has overwhelmed the people.
Badmus, a quantity surveyor said the heavy downpour has ruined and affected so many businesses such as shops around Rasco bridge.
He lamented that after spending an hour trapped in the rain, he could not cross the bridge due to excess water and he was left with the option of trekking to Alekuwodo market.
“I pity those food sellers around that place. I hope the government will be able to rectify the problem that is about to occur on the culvert linking Alekuwodo to First Bank on the Gbongan-Ibadan road, Osogbo.
“You also need to check out Mallam Tope axis this night. You will pity those residing there. Flood is up to window level of their houses.”