A Study on Anthropogenic Activities Influencing Flood Vulnerability in Ala Riverfront Residential Areas of Akure, Nigeria

Owoeye J. O. (Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure. PMB 704, Akure Ondo State, Nigeria)
Abe F. S. (Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure. PMB 704, Akure Ondo State, Nigeria)
Olasemojo R. O. (Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure. PMB 704, Akure Ondo State, Nigeria)

Article ID: 2317

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30564/jgr.v3i4.2317

Abstract


This research investigates anthropogenic activities influencing flood vulnerability in Ala riverfront residential areas of Akure, Nigeria with a viewto identifying area susceptible to flood hazard in the river basin and tosuggest possible mitigation measures. With respect to data gathering for thestudy, 265 questionnaires which amounted to 1% of the research population were administered using simple random sampling. Findings from thesurvey revealed erection of buildings on riparian land and indiscriminatedumping of wastes into river bodies as factors responsible for the blockageof river channels and waterways. It also exposed resident’s poor dispositions to flood forecasts and non-adherence to other management measures.The study concludes by recommending public enlightenment campaignto reducing denizen’s vulnerability to flood disaster. There is the need forprovision of waste management and drainage facilities as well as regulardredging of the watercourse to stimulate its absorptive capacity in the eventof heavy downpour. It further suggests creation of artificial lake as natural basin to collect huge volume of water discharged from all watershedsleading to the river. Ultimately, stringent efforts of environmental and townplanning officers are needed to enforce total compliance to all intendedmanagement regulations to check the menace.

Keywords


Anthropogenic activities;Flood vulnerability;Riparian land;Ala riverfront;Akure

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