Nigeria is facing its worse flooding in a decade with building and infrastructure submerged and lives and livelihoods lost. While climate change does play a role, poor infrastructure and poor preparation have intensified the situation.
In this episode of Africa Science Focus, we get the backstory from Professor Nelson Odume, acting director of the Institute for Water Research at Rhodes University, South Africa. Philip Jakpor, the director of programmes at Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa, a social action organisation, puts the blame on poor dam management. And Alagoa Morris - flood victim, environmentalist and the Head of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, in Bayelsa state, Nigeria, tells us what it is like to live through the flood.
This piece was produced by SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English desk.