BY Jesupemi Are
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has warned of heavy rainfall and possible flooding in six states.
In an impact-based weather forecast for August 30 to September 1, the agency said heavy rainfall is anticipated in parts of Kaduna, Niger, Bauchi, Plateau, the FCT and Nasarawa on Thursday.
“Moderate to Heavy rainfall is expected over Kwara, Oyo, Kogi, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo, Sokoto, Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Imo, Anambra, Rivers, Edo and Delta State,” the forecast reads.
“As a result of the heavy rains expected over parts of central cities and the moderate rainfall expected over the southeastern parts of the country for two consecutive days, there are chances of flash flooding of roads, low-lying settlements and river channels. Also, the moderate and heavy rainfall events are expected to be accompanied by strong winds especially over the northern and central states during the forecast period.”
The agency, therefore, advised the public to avoid low-lying terrains and not to drive through running water.
It also advised residents to “be prepared for this event to avoid damages from weather-related hazards and watch out for updates”.
NiMET had, on August 16, predicted above-normal rainfall in Jigawa and 18 other states between August and September.
As a result of flooding, 51 residents of Jigawa are said to have died while about 2,051 people have been displaced in Karnaya village in Dutse, the state capital.