The Nigerian Metrological Agency (NiMET) as part of a recent forecast of three days of torrential rainfall in four northern and 15 other southern states of the country, warn people living in weak houses and structures to be cautious as such structures could fall under intense rainfall.
Recall that the agency had in a statement by Prof. Mansur Matazu, its Director-General said that the three days of heavy rainfall is expected to commence today.
The statement mentioned the three northern states like Nasarawa, Kogi, Benue and Kwara.
“Strong winds are expected to accompany the moderate to heavy rains, which can lead to the falling of unsecured objects, weak buildings, and exposed structures.
“Hence, the public is advised to be prepared for these events to avoid damages from rain-related hazards and watch out for updates,” it added.
It said that no hydrometeorological hazards are anticipated within the period.
According to the statement, the 15 southern states to witness the heavy rainfall are Enugu, Ebonyi, Cross River, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Oyo,
Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Lagos, Ondo, Edo, and Delta.
It also said that there are chances of moderate rainfall over parts of Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Kaduna, Bauchi, Plateau, Taraba and Adamawa states.
Others are Borno, Jigawa, Yobe, Gombe, Zamfara, Kebbi, Niger,
Federal Capital Territory, Anambra and Imo states.
NiMET emphasized further that due to the presence of a good amount of soil moisture and the expected heavy rainfall over the aforementioned states, there are increased chances of flash flood events on roads, settlements, farmlands and bridges.
It added that there are also chances of reduced horizontal visibility, which could disrupt vehicular traffic
and flight operations and advised the public to exercise restraint, avoid low-lying areas and fast-flowing runoff waters during the period.