International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences

International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences


International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
2019, Vol. 1, Issue 4
Public perception of communities towards flood vulnerability and resilience in Bayelsa state, Nigeria

Berezi OK, Obafemi AA, Nwankwoala HO

The study examined the public perception of flood vulnerability and resilience among communities in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Consequently, 1500 copies of questionnaire were administered to elicit information on the perception of flood vulnerability and resilience in the selected communities using a random sampling technique. However, 1265 copies were retrieved for further analysis. Findings revealed that flood occurrence in Bayelsa State is becoming a recurring issue which happens every year and lives and properties are lost numerously. The dominating coping strategies include construction of sandbag dykes, channel and drainage construction, opening/maintenance of blocked drains and channels, land reclamation, raise the floor of buildings above water level, resettlement and remove possessions from ground floor. The study concluded that public opinions were germane to understand the level of impact of flood in Bayelsa State and it was suggested that regular flood assessment should be encouraged in Bayelsa State. Also the communities with high and moderate vulnerability to flood should be provided with adequate preparedness in case of any flood disaster in the future. Government should really come to the aid of the flood victims in Bayelsa State
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