Heavy Rains Imminent In Nigeria, NiMet Warns 

NEMA warns of likely flooding in 28 states, 102 local governments

Yemisi Izuora

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, has warned of a possible heavy rainfall across the country in days to come.

In a three day forecast released by the Central Forecast Office (CFO), observed that thunderstorms are expected over parts of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi and Kaduna. Others are Jigawa, Gombe, Kano and Yobe states. Parts of Niger, FCT and Nasarawa also have prospects of thunderstorm and intermittent rains.

The statement further noted that there are chances of moderate to heavy rainfall in over parts of Benue, Bauchi, Plateau, Southern Borno, Gombe and Southern Yobe, while cloudy conditions and light rains are expected over the rest of the country.

Spokesman for NiMet, Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim in a statement said as a result of the expected heavy rainfall and presence of good amount of soil moisture over most places in the next couple of days, there are chances of flooding of roads, low lying settlements, stream and river channels, disruption of traffic due to flood or closed roads, reduction in visibility, possible delay in flight operations, damage to mud houses and make shift structures, possible damage to roads and bridges.

The agency has therefore advised the public to exercise restraint and wait till after the rains to commute.

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