Saving Coastal Cities at Risk

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    A Non-Government Organisation (NGO), Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR) Project is seeking to develop the knowledge base and capacity of mega-cities to successfully adapt to and when necessary cope with risks posed by the effects of climate change, especially, sea level rise, in the context of urban growth and development.

    According to Lagos Project Lead and climatologist at the University of Ibadan, Dr. Ibidun Adelekan, apart from the well-acknowledged social and economic impacts associated with flooding caused by climate change, there are also physical and mental health impacts on flood affected residents. At individual and household levels, the health effects of exposure to floods are evident as flood water, a mix of drainage, surface run off and sewage inundates communities and flows into many flood affected houses.

     

    “Portable water shortages, due to pollution of water sources especially wells and damage to water pipes following flood events is a major underlying cause of disease. Because of the worsened environmental conditions that result from flood events, water borne diseases, hepatitis, skin and eye infections, respiratory infections, gastro-intestinal infections and malaria are endemic in flood –prone areas. In slum communities households report recurrent visits to health centres because of ill-health and an increase in medical expenses as a major outcome of floods.”

     

    Lagos State Commissioner For The Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, who spoke at a one-day media workshop organized by the group in Lagos, said the state has initiated a sustainable programme to tackle the menace of flooding with high cost implication on the state, while investing in advocacy on the dangers of dumping refuse in the drains, since blocked drains affects the city, despite it’s 200 existing drain channels. Dr Adejare that the state has a target of planting 10 million trees in 2020 mitigate the effects of climate change.

    Former Head, Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Dr Adeyinka Laninhun tasked the media to live up to its responsibilities by educating and informing the public through data, humanitarian and investigative journalism. The Director, National Broadcast Academy, Ajibola Abiola, an engineer, noted the kind of human actions that worsen climate change include the rate of migration to Lekki, Ajah as well as unimaginable level of excavation and infrastructural development going on in coastal outlets.

     

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