the challenges of urban flood disaster management in nigeria: a case study of jalingo lga, taraba state nigeria

Research Article
E. D. Oruonye
Challenges, Disaster, Flood, Management and Urban

Flood hazards are the most common and destructive of all natural disasters. This study examines some of the challenges of urban flood disaster management in Nigerian cities using the case of Jalingo metropolis in Taraba State, Nigeria. Data for this study was generated through participant observation, interview with relevant stakeholders and information from Nigerian Newspapers and internet. The result of this study shows that the amount of damages to properties and number of people affected are enormous. The result also shows that disaster management response by government agencies, voluntary organizations and civil societies was very poor in the 2011 flood disaster compared to the 2005 flood disaster. Some of the challenges to disaster management response in the study area include poor logistics and inadequate trained personnel. This study recommends the training of SEMA personnel and provision of adequate logistics such as communication gadgets, vehicles etc.