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COMBATING FLOOD PROBLEMS IN LAGOS

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A DISCUSSION PAPER FACILITATED BY MR. LOOKMAN OSHODI AT THE MONTHLY MEETING OF THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF TOWN PLANNERS, LAGOS STATE CHAPTER

1. INTRODUCTION
The city of Lagos preparedness to combat flood was put to test by torrential rainfall from Sunday, July 10 to Monday, July 11, 2011. The results were massive devastation of homes, businesses and loss of not less than 20 lives. It is on this background that this paper guides the discussions on global natural and man induced flood problems, challenges of combating flood in Lagos and appropriate methods of addressing the disaster. The sections of the paper are in accordance with the foregoing guides.

Notwithstanding the sectional arrangement of the paper and the Planning perspectives of the discussion, the paper made significant attempt to harmonize the three key components of flood discourse which are Science, Planning and Engineering. While science predicts and models, planning provide directions as engineering gives specifications and implementation. The operations and management of flood system in any context are collaborative issues among the trio.

For further reading, visit – http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lookman_Oshodi/

Pictures 1 and 2: Lookman Oshodi presenting at the NITP’s monthly meeting

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