NiMet Predicts Heavy, Moderate Rainfalls In 22 States

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted heavy, and moderate rainfalls in 22 states beginning Friday.
According to the agency, some parts of Kwara and Niger will witness the heavy rainfall, while 20 other states will witness moderate rainfalls.
There will be 24-hour heavy rainfall, with low to moderate rainfall, flash flooding, riverine flooding, soil erosion, strong winds, thunder and lightning, NiMet stated.
NiMet further stated that moderate to heavy rainfall is expected on Saturday over parts of Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Yobe, Benue, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto State.
According to it, there are prospects of “low to moderate rainfall” over Borno, Bauchi, Kaduna and Niger on Saturday.
“Elsewhere there is little or no risk of hydrometeorological hazard,” the report added.
For Sunday, the report stated that “there are slim prospects of Moderate to Heavy Rainfall over parts of Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Delta, Bayelsa and River State.
“Meanwhile Low to Moderate Rainfall is expected over parts of Borno, Gombe, Yobe, Bauchi, Plateau, Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Oyo, Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Cross River, Edo, Rivers and Imo State,” it added but with “little or no risk of hydrometeorological hazard.”
For three days, NiMet observed that there are good chances of very strong winds to affect parts of Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, jigawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Plateau and Kaduna State while strong winds are anticipated over the rest of the country.
During the forecast period starting from Friday, the agency in the forecast warned of isolated cases of displacements of people due to flash floods, outbreaks of water-borne diseases, isolated cases of damage to weak structures.
In addition, with the 24-hour accumulated rainfall, there could be loss of lives, injuries, reduction in visibility, and interruption of vehicular traffic.
The report advised the disaster response management authorities to raise awareness among the people and update flood contingency plans.
Below are the states listed for heavy rainfall:
Sokoto
Zamfara
Katsina
Kano
Bauchi
Kaduna
Plateau
Oyo
Kogi
Nasarawa
Benue
Adamawa
Taraba
Cross River
Imo
Ondo
Edo
Delta
Bayelsa
Rivers

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