The Nigeria Red Cross Society, Lagos State chapter yesterday called on the Federal Government to construct more dams in order to check the rising spate of flood disasters in the country.
Mrs Ijeoma Nweke, the Branch Secretary to the society, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. It was part of activities to mark the 2012 International Day for Disaster Reduction.
Nweke described Nigeria as a country blessed with wonderful natural habitat devoid of disasters, compared to many other nations worldwide.
She noted that the recent floods that were overwhelming some parts of the country and destroying lives and properties worth billions of naira, could be averted if the right infrastructure was put in place.
According to her, though flooding is a natural disaster, the intensity and frequency it occurred is largely due to the dumping of refuse in gutters, canals and construction of buildings on waterways.