NiMet Alerts Against Heavy Rainfall

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Flood in Lagos

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has warned against heavy rainfall in some parts of the country. 

The NiMet through its impact-based weather forecast released this information as a part of its weather report for the next 96 hours. 

Moderate-to-heavy rainfall is expected over parts of Kebbi, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Plateau, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kwara, Niger, Nassarawa, the Federal Capital Territory, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Taraba, Sokoto, Kogi, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Abia, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states today (Friday, July 29, 2022) through Saturday (July 30, 2022) and Sunday (July 31, 2022). 

However, low-to-moderate rainfall is expected over places in Delta, Edo and Bayelsa states, while light or no rains are expected over the rest of the country.

The agency cautioned that the rains are expected to be predominantly intermittent over the south and isolated thunderstorms over the northern parts, with chances of flash-flooding of roads, low-lying settlements and river channels. 

The moderate-to-heavy rainfall events are expected to be accompanied by strong winds, especially over parts of Kebbi, Borno, Gombe, Bauchi and Yobe states during the forecast period.

Hence, the public was advised to avoid low-lying terrains, not to drive through running water, clear waterways of debris, avoid standing under trees and unsecured structures during the rain, switch off electrical appliances before the rains and not during it to avoid electric shock, as well as be prepared for this event to avoid damages from weather-related hazards and watch out for updates. 

Oluchi Okorafor
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