NiMet warns high rain fall may trigger flooding across states

Based on the rainfall distribution and rainfall amounts recorded in the country during the month of August 2022, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has warned of possible flooding in some states that have experienced a high amount of rainfall in July and August this year.

According to NiMet, “The saturated state of the soil moisture across the country in the month of July and heavy rainfall recorded in August may put most places to experience varying degrees of flooding activities ranging from high, medium, low and flash flood for the month of September”.

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It further disclosed that Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna, Jigawa, Bauchi, Kano, Borno, Gombe, and Nasarawa states recorded over 300mm, which represents over 40% of Long – the term Normal of those places in one month. Places around the southwestern part of the country however recorded less than 200mm as a result of the long dry spell associated with August Break over those areas”.

NiMet DG, Prof. Matazu

The agency further stated that places with major river channels may experience a probable high risk of flood events due to the accumulation of water already on the river channels which may not be able to contain any additional water.

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The General Manager, Public Affairs of NiMet, Alhaji Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim listed states that are prone to high risk of flooding this Month of September including Kebbi and Jigawa in the northwest, Borno, Bauchi, and Taraba in the northeast, Plateau in the north-central and Bayelsa in the South-south.

Other states listed that may experience flash floods include Kano, Adamawa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Abia, Imo, Enugu, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Oyo, and Ekiti.

NiMet advised that State Emergency Management Agencies should intensify adaptative, mitigative, and response mechanisms while States that are expected to experience degrees of various flood episodes are advised to begin their awareness campaigns through field extension workers for possible flood activities within the month of September especially those at high-risk areas.

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