NiMet Alerts Against Heavy Rainfall For 3 Days 

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has alerted the general public against heavy rainfall during the next three days, especially on day 3 (Thursday, September 15, 2022) over parts of Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger and Kwara State.

Moderate-to-heavy rainfall is expected over parts of Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Borno, Adamawa, Plateau, the FCT, Nasarawa, Kogi, Taraba, Benue, Oyo, Ekiti, Osun, Ebonyi, Imo, Abia, Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Rivers states.

However, low-to-moderate rainfall is expected over parts of Edo, Ondo, Enugu, Zamfara and Bayelsa, while light or no rains are expected over the rest of the country.

NiMet has cautioned that, as a result of the continuous rains expected on Wednesday and Thursday, there are higher chances of heavy rainfall which will likely lead to increased surface runoff, causing flash-flooding over low-lying terrains, roads, flood plains and river channels and banks. 

“Furthermore, strong winds and thunder strikes are expected to accompany the rains, especially over parts of Kano, Kaduna, Adamawa, Plateau, Gombe, Taraba, Borno, Yobe, Katsina, Bauchi, and Jigawa states.” 

The agency cautioned the public to refrain from driving through run-offs as they can move with strong currents. 

“Those whose settlements and business premises are sited around the above-mentioned locations should exercise caution during the rainfall.

“It is also advisable not to sleep in weak mud houses during such long periods of rain, as they can cave in and cause serious injuries.

“The rain will likely lead to very low temperatures, so the public is advised to cover up adequately against [the] cold, especially for children. 

“Most importantly, the public should be prepared for this event to avoid damages from weather-related hazards and watch out for updates,” the agency advised.

Oluchi Okorafor
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