exist LagosThe rainy season means more than just getting your feet wet and trying to remember the inconvenience of your umbrella. On the contrary, the annual floods mean that if you take risks, at least your knees will be soaked. But even if you stay at home, water may flood in and destroy your house. And the situation is getting worse. Experts predict that by 2100, the city may be submerged.
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The peak period of flooding usually occurs in September. But in July of this year, Lagos suffered floods that threatened life and property safety and damaged businesses. usually, flood Lagos spends 4 billion U.S. dollars each year.
As Nigerian actress Kate Henshaw wrote on Twitter: “Every year!!! It is the same in Lagos!!! Except for telling citizens to move, no measures have been taken against flooding.” Lagos Part on the mainland, part on the island.Low-lying cities suffer from rising Ocean Coupled with poor maintenance of the drainage system and rapid population growth.
More than 24 million people live in this city on the Atlantic coast. But scientific predictions indicate that Lagos will be uninhabitable by the end of this century.A 2012 study by Plymouth University UK The predicted sea level rise of three to nine feet “will have a catastrophic impact on human activities in Lagos and other Nigerian coastal settlements.”
The wealthy Victoria Island is already in trouble. “There is a problem of river banks being washed away,” said NEMA spokesperson Manzo Ezekiel. Nigerian Emergency management agency. “Rising water levels are eroding the land.”
A new city called Eco Atlantic It is being built on reclaimed land on Victoria Island. Developer It is planned to protect Eko Atlantic with an eight-kilometer-long concrete block wall. It is a bit like a fixed ark, used to resist the coming flood. However, some of the richest people in Lagos may hide behind the so-called Great Wall of Lagos instead of intersecting two-by-one. According to the Eko Atlantic website, the wall “has passed the rigorous test of the world-renowned Danish Hydropower Research Center” and is said to withstand “the worst tidal surge predicted for the next 1,000 years”.
Ezekiel worried that “reclaiming land from the sea would put pressure on other coastal areas”. The Eko Atlantic website stated that it expects to have 300,000 residents and 200,000 daily commuters-which may include many service personnel.Subtracting 300,000 from the total population of Lagos, there are still approximately 23.7 million people who are not protected by the Great Wall and are vulnerable to threats tidal surge.
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