Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Taming the floods



flood disaster, benue floods, texas flooding, intervention, preparedness
 
What would make water, a gentle friend of humanity, so devastating and unforgiving? Could it be that we blocked the free passage of water, or did we pitch our tents in its path, or is it just the whim of climate change, forcing cats and dogs to rain down nonstop?

With respect to flooding, the damage has already been done in many parts of the world. There is no need crying over spilt anything... Besides, we have a lot to prepare for (more is coming). The mantra prevention is better than intervention should be engraved on the hearts of everyone. Our livelihoods and legacies depend on it.

 A lot can be done on our part to tame the phenomenon of floods:
*Constructing and maintaining new drainage works.
* Improving solid waste collection...
* Elevation of low-lying zones by compacted fill.
* Facilitating resettlement of victims, and declaring flood prone areas uninhabitable (government can help here) 
* Improved environmental health to reduce flood-related diseases.
*Flood resilient housing construction methods and materials.
*Community-based disaster preparedness and response e.g. Capacity building for urban development planning and flood risk management tools. We cannot stop flooding, but we can arm ourselves with knowledge. So many lives wouldn’t have to be lost, if there was enough disaster preparedness.
*Establishment of early warning system(s). Note that with climate change, weather predictions become unpredictable. Early warning of oncoming flood disasters becomes difficult. This means that the issue of climate change should be taken seriously...  

The time to act is now. Remember: when disaster strikes, the time to prepare has passed.

My heart goes out to all those affected by flood disasters.

Thank you for reading my post…