The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency has warned States and other stakeholders in the building and environment sectors not to ignore flood alerts.
The warning was issued Wednesday by the Director-General of the agency, Clement Nze.
He also told states to play their roles well to mitigate flooding this year.
Mr. Nze who disclosed that 317 local governments in 36 states and the FCT were affected by flood last year, added that large areas of farms were destroyed in Kebbi, Jigawa, Kano among others.
The DG urged the state and local governments to among other things, begin the clearing of drainages and canals as well as encourage people living along the water-ways to relocate to safer areas before the rains start fully.