Flooding set to hit four states in Nigeria

Nigerian Meteorological Agency Thursday warned of imminent flooding in four States in northern Nigeria — Bauchi, Kaduna, Plateau and Gombe.

The Director General of Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Anthony Anuforom, said the flooding would occur with any heavy rain in axis.

The rains, he noted, would continue because “active weather zones still cover the entire country.”

Dr. Anuforom told journalists in Abuja that the citizens must improve their attitude to information on weather to avoid adverse impact of the situation.

He explained that the long little dry season (August Break), which usually lasts for two weeks in the last 20 years, lasted four weeks this year, which caused low rainfall in the South West of the country last month.

According to Dr. Anuforom, “the Bauchi, Gombe, Jos and Kaduna axis is already saturated and any heavy rain as experienced in the last few days could result in flooding. The challenge now is our attitude to this information. And I think there is need for improvement. Rainfall and sunshine are so common but what is worrisome is that when it is extreme, it becomes a hazard. People need to take precautions on how to avoid the adverse impact.”

He added that as a result of the innovation in the aviation sector, they have been able to have more accurate weather forecasts with the development of the Numeric Weather Prediction (NWP).

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