Vulnerability of Poor Urban Coastal Communities to Flooding in Lagos, Nigeria

Abstract

This paper considers the risks from and vulnerabilities to flooding in four urban poor communities close to the coast in Lagos, Nigeria. Drawing on interviews with inhabitants and key informants and also on group discussions, it documents the scale and frequency of flooding in these settlements and the impacts, as well as the individual, household and community responses. It also considers the factors that have contributed to increasing flood risks in Lagos, including the uncontrolled expansion of the built-up area, the lack of infrastructure and the failure not only to expand stormwater drainage but also to maintain existing drainage systems. The paper also considers changes in the frequency and intensity of rainstorms on Lagos Island between 1971 and 2005, which suggest that on average these have become less frequent but more intense.

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Publication Type Journal Article
Year 2010
Author(s) Adelekan IO
Other Numbers Accession Number; Environment and Urbanization 2010 22: 433
DOI 10.1177/0956247810380141
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