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Determinants of Flooding and Strategies for Mitigation: Two-Year Case Study of Benin City

Giuseppe, Cirella and Iyalomhe, Felix and Adekola, Paul Oluwatomipe (2019) Determinants of Flooding and Strategies for Mitigation: Two-Year Case Study of Benin City. Geosciences, 9 (3). pp. 1-15. ISSN 2076-3263

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Recent flood disasters in Benin City, Nigeria have claimed a number of lives, damaged property, and threatened the overall livelihood of residents. The economic burden of such events has forced a vast reallocation of monetary resources for clean-up and recovery, as well as forcibly altered and suspended internal trade via devastated transportation routes. Secondary trends include inflation and migration concerns. As a result, the aim has been to prioritize mitigation by examining easily read, rapidly accessible flood hazard maps, as well as assess and identify areas within the city prone to flooding. We used a number of data sources and conducted a questionnaire surveying three of the local government areas of Benin City over a two-year period. Findings indicate excessive unsustainable land use and land cover change and a flat and high water table area with close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean make the city susceptible to flood risk. Heavy rainfall and drainage system blockage are leading causes of flooding which have destroyed property and houses—two major side effects. A number of mitigation and disaster risk reduction measures were, hereafter, recommended to reduce flooding occurrence in Benin City or lessen its effects on inhabitants.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Paul Oluwatomipe ADEKOLA
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 09:17
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2019 09:17

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