The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), is again warning Nigerians, to be prepared for a 3–day moderate to heavy rainfall, which is likely to be witnessed soon across the country and plead with residents in flood prone areas to move to safer grounds before the predicted rain starts.
In a 5-page document, released by Nimet, titled “Impact-Based Weather Forecast”, the agency stated that, during the expected 3 days rainfall, there would be increased chances of flash flood on roads, settlements, farmlands and bridges; which can disrupt vehicular traffic, reduce horizontal visibility, increase the possibility of cars skidding off the roads, and the likely delays in flight operations.
The agency therefore, advised the public, to exercise restraint when going out during these periods, and to keep monitoring situation of things before considering going out.
People living in low lands, and areas with fast-flowing runoff waters, and other coastal regions, are counseled to be prepared for any rain-related hazards that might happen during the periods.
States declared by Nimet likely to experience heavy rainfalls are: Kebbi, Niger, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Yobe, Gombe, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, FCT and Kwara State.
While moderate to heavy rainfall should be expected in: Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Ekiti, Edo, Kogi, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Abia, Ondo, Lagos, Delta, and Bayelsa State. Light rains are predicted for other parts of the country.
Needless to say again that, it is a common occurrence in Nigeria, to experience flood water whenever there is heavy downpours, especially in flood prone areas. The likely reasons being cases of no drainages, or blocked water channels, people building on water paths, problem of erosion, among many other factors.