Urban droughts and floods in Maiduguri: twin hazards of a variable climate

Maiduguri, an important city in the Sudano-Sahelian zone of West Africa, experiences both drought and floods. Although droughts are more popular, floods are a seasonal occurrence in parts of the city in the average rainy
Maiduguri, an important city in the Sudano-Sahelian zone of West Africa, experiences both drought and floods. Although droughts are more popular, floods are a seasonal occurrence in parts of the city in the average rainy season. Both hazards exert a heavy toll on their victims. Present response to the hazard problems is characterised by a fire-fighting approach which does little about future occurrence. Much of the perception and response is spiritual and stops short of needed structural and organisational programmes for effective mitigation of hazards. Future occurrences of drought and flood may have more adverse effects as land use in the city becomes more complex and agricultural and water supply system comes to depend heavily on surfacial sources. Future effects will also depend on the socio-economic conditions of the people at risk and the capacity of those who help them. Governments and people need to work together to reduce drought and flood hazards.
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Author:John O. Odihi
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-36025
Parent Title (German):Sonderforschungsbereich Kulturentwicklung und Sprachgeschichte im Naturraum Westafrikanische Savanne <Frankfurt, Main>: Vorträge, internationales Symposium / SFB 268
Series (Serial Number):Berichte des Sonderforschungsbereichs 268 (08, 303)
Publisher:SFB 268
Place of publication:Frankfurt, M.
Document Type:Part of a Book
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2006/12/19
Year of first Publication:1996
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2006/12/19
Pagenumber:16
First Page:303
Last Page:318
HeBIS PPN:290113946
Institutes:SFB 268
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geografie, Reisen
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License Logo Veröffentlichungsvertrag für Publikationen

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