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Flood: The Cry Of The Rich Countries

By Stephen Ubanna

Even when the rainy season had not finally peaked, Nigerians and people from other parts of the world, particular, Europe, are crying out now for help due to the heavy flood that have taken over most of their cities and villages, as houses, shops and vehicles are swept off the roads.

 In  his 2021, Prophetic Message, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in the West African country of  Nigeria had said that   ‘’God will deal with nations on an individual basis’’. He may have alluded to the flood being experienced in different parts of the world including some parts of Nigeria.

Pastor Adeboye: Predicted about the Flood

  Many believe that the impending flood which he had alerted Nigerians and people all over the world that would happen in 2020, had finally manifested, barely one year after the prediction, forcing people from the poor and rich countries to cry to God for his Divine intervention. Recall that the Cleric had particularly urged Nigerians, ‘’to clear their gutters and pray to God to avert the disaster’’ because the country  do not have  the resources to contain the flood  if  happens like the developed economies of Germany Belgium, United Kingdom, United States, US, Japan or China.

Signs of the intensity of the flood this year had shown in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands and some other countries in Europe late June, 2021. The flood appears to have been made worse between Wednesday July 14, 2021 and Friday July 16, 2021 in the European country of Germany ,,where Etiologists had said that  the warnings to the people about the impending flood disaster came  too late  for the various European countries  Authorities to have prepared in advance to address it squarely. This may have raised questions   about the country’s flood alert system.

The residents of the Berlin City, Capital of Germany, had said  that  before  the recent rolling  waters  tore through  the Germany  villages, the European Weather Agency,  had’’ issued an extreme flood ’’,warning after  detailed models showed storms that had threatened  to send rivers surging to levels  that a German Meteorologist had said  had not been witnessed  in the country  over the last 1000 years.

Belgium Flood

There have been reports making the rounds in the Social Media, with’’ startling and horrifying pictures of the houses, shops and streets swept away’’  to show the level of the flood disaster in   most of the Cities and villages in the European  country that were affected.  At the last count, more than 125 people were said to have been drowned due to the flood and 1,300 people still missing, as helicopter rescue Crews plucked marooned residents from villages taken over by the flood between Wednesday, July 14, 2021 and Friday, July 15, 2021.

  Reports had it that in several  of the German villages, worst hit by the flood disaster, victims  and the  Local Authority  Officials were caught unprepared  for it ‘’as the placid  brooks  and streams turned into  torrents that swept  away cars, houses and bridges and everything else in their paths’’

. The flood in the German Cities and villages, according to informed sources  was so pathetic  that residents in Berlin, the country’s Capital  City noted that ,’’it went so fast’’, after  the Ahr  river had over swelled its banks, ripping  apart tidy wood  framed  houses and sending vehicles bobbing  like bath toys.

 Metrioilogists, who could not hide their feelings  had said that  the extreme downpours that had occurred in Germany, particular,  is one  of the most ‘’ visible signs  that the   Climate  changing as a result  of  the global warming which had   caused  the greenhouse effect gas emissions was responsible for the flood.

 Moreso, studies, have shown  that  the floods which  are occurring more frequently in the country in the recent time  was as a result of ’’a warmer  atmosphere which could hold more moisture at a go, thus generating  more and more powerful rainfall that could cause flood.  The scientists had had said  that  the recent flood in Europe was so  frightening an example of  extreme weather event , as some of the cities and villages were forced to get a month rain in  one day.

Houses Taken Over By Flood In A German City

Environmental analysts had said  that in an era of  climate change,’’ extreme weather events are common’’ . The fallout was the resultant heavy storms and floods. Donald. J.  Wuebbles, a Professor of Atmospheric  Sciences, in the North American University of Illinois had, made it clear  to those that cares to listen that‘’major  weather condition these days  is being affected  by the changes in climate’’ Meaning that the storm that cause the flood in Europe was caused by the changes in Climate.

The United Nation, UN’,s backed  Intergovernmental Panel  on Climate Change, may have sent  jitters into the spines of people  in Europe and other parts of the world including Africa  and the Caribbean countries  when it  said that  there would still be an increase  in extreme downpours in the months ahead this year as  the  world warms.  The UN backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were emphatic that the frequency of these ‘’rain events would increase phenomenally as the temperatures continue to rise’’.

While people of the European countries of Germany, Belgium, Swizerland and Netherlands, are currently living in fear due to the heavy flood that have swept houses, shops and roads in most of their major cities and village, and the resultant loss of lives, Nigeria may be   one of the African country countries  that would be hit by the flood this year with the increased frequency of the heavy  rainfall in the months ahead. It was a bad Friday, July 15, 2021, in Lagos, the nation’s Commercial nerve centre, as   several vehicles  were submerged  underwater  in parks at the popular Marina  axis in the city, which is a coastal home to over 20 million people. 

Vehicles Submerged In Lagos Flood

The flood which was said to be a sign of the worse days ahead had occurred  despite effors by the Babajide Sanwo-Oku, led All Progressive Congress, APC, Lagos state government to construct drainages and  caution the people against dumping refuse  in such drainages, it is obvious that flooding is certain  in the city.   Sanwo-Olu, the  governor, may have gladdened the heart of the people when he said that the government has stepped up cleaning of the canals blocked by human effuse to ease of the flow of water.    

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Stephen Ubanna

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