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Research Article | Volume 3 Issue 4 (July, 2022)
The Effects of Anthropogenic-Induced Flooding on Housing: A Case of Agbor Metropolis, Delta State, Nigeria
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Abstract
Housing is a critical component of social-economic and health fabric of nations. Flooding happens when there is heavy rainfall in a short amount of time. The effect of flooding has led to inadequate access to housing in Agbor. This research adopted a quantitative method of inquiry through measurement of flood length, widths and areas of coverage added to the administered 1000 copies of questionnaires and oral interviews. Research findings revealed that flooding in Agbor is 100% attributed to the weather parameters of rainfall and anthropogenic-Induced. Result show that the locations with the highest inundated land area are the 7th avenue and the 1st avenue of the DDPA housing estate. This is because the area has nearly a flat terrain and there is complete absence of drainage system in the area. The other areas with low inundated lands are Odeh and Ngbeken streets. This is highly associated with clustering of houses in the area. This paper concludes that residents should obey environmental laws to avert environmental crisis and for the common good of humanity. It is recommended that the Federal Government through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, Policy Makers and stakeholders should revisit and review existing environmental policies and laws in Nigeria to encourage strict adherence to project development laws that govern urban development should be enforced. People should evacuate from floodable plains to the upland areas.
Keywords
Anthropogenic
Induced-Flooding
Housing
Quantitative
Shelter
Agbor.
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