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.