The Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) yesterday issued red alert to 11 states likely to experience severe flooding between August and October.
According to NiMet, its report on Rainfall Situation and Prospects of Flooding in August to October 2016, revealed that the saturation of soil moisture in the affected states was due to cumulative high intensity rainfall in June and July.
The agency said in a statement:
“NiMet, in exercise of its mandate to monitor the weather and climate of the country at all times, and working in collaboration with the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency has been monitoring rainfall events across the country.
“After thorough analyses of rainfall data from our observatories nationwide for June and July, we wish to provide the following information and advisories to the public, especially those in the affected areas that soil moisture has either reached saturation, or near saturation levels due to cumulative high intensity rainfall in some parts of the country in June and July.
“The affected states include Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa, Yobe and Zamfara. This means that floods should be expected in these areas because the soil is no longer able to absorb more rainwater in the coming weeks which coincide with the peak rainy season.”
The agency had earlier in its 2016 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) stated that while many parts of the country would experience lower than-normal total rainfall due to the effect of El Nino, flooding could still be experienced in such areas; particularly those that are naturally prone to flooding.
The agency thus, urged relevant agencies to perfect their emergency evacuation plans and activate them as soon as necessary.