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There will be flooding, NiMet warns 10 states

There will be flooding, NiMet warns 10 states
August 08
22:18 2016

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has urged 11 state governments to take proactive action against imminent flooding.

The appeal was contained in a statement signed by Eva Azinge, head of corporate communications, public relations unit, National Weather Forecasting and Climate Research Centre of NiMet.

“The affected states are: Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa, Yobe and Zamfara,” the statement read.

“Governments, communities and individuals in these vulnerable parts of the country are advised to take proactive actions such as clearing water channels, drainages and avoid activities that will block the free flow of waters.

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“Closer attention should also be paid to NiMet’s daily weather forecasts and alerts. It is further advised that relevant agencies should perfect their emergency evacuation plans and activate them as soon as necessary.”

Azinge said NiMet had predicted flooding in the 11 states due to the cumulative high intensity rainfall in those parts of the country in June and July.

She added that with the current rainfall, flooding is likely in August and October.

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“After thorough analyses of rainfall data from our observatories nationwide for June and July, soil moisture has either reached saturation, or near saturation levels,” she said.

“This is due to cumulative high intensity rainfall in some parts of the country in June and July.

“This means that floods should be expected in these areas because the soil is no longer able to absorb more rainwater in the coming weeks, which coincide with the peak rainy season.”

Azinge said many parts of the country would experience lower-than-normal total rainfall due to the effect of El Nino.

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“Flooding could still be experienced in such areas, particularly those that are naturally prone to flooding,” she said.

She recalled that the 2016 seasonal rainfall prediction (SRP) identified parts of the north-west, south-west and low-lying areas as particularly vulnerable to flooding during the 2016 rainy season.

“These observations and projections are also in agreement with the 2016 Annual Flood Outlook that was released by the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency,” she said.

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1 Comment

  1. Light
    Light August 09, 19:03

    How I wish NIMET would diligently go the extra mile to send this report to the States concerned individually.Also to the NOA. This would ensure that more proactive measures are taken.God help us.

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