The Federal Ministry of Environment has predicted that 12 states in the country might witness heavy rainfall that could lead to flooding within the remaining days in the month of September.
Dr Morohunkeji Oyeleke, the Deputy Director, Erosion, Flood and Coastal Zone Management Department, unveiled this on Monday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.
According to her, the areas in the 12 states that could be affected by the rains include: Eket and Abak in Akwa Ibom, Bonny, Brass and Port Harcourt in Rivers, Kano and its environs, Kastina and its environs, Maiduguri in Borno State, Birnin Kebbi and Argungu in Kebbi, Gushua, Potiskum and Damaturu in Yobe, and Hadejia in Jigawa, Bauchi and its environs, Yola in Adamawa, Jos in Plateau State as well as Minna and Suleja in Niger state.
She also mentioned some factors that could make the flooding worse than it should be in these areas. These include: human activities such as inadequate drainage system and blockage of water channels.
Oyeleke appealed to the governments of these states and their Commissioners for Environment to take proactive steps to avoid loss of lives and properties.
The deputy director said any change in the prediction would be announced, since forecasting was based on probability.
The Ministry of Environment recently installed Flood Early Warning System (FEWS) in one of its premises (‘Green Building’) in Abuja. The system was installed to monitor and forewarn Nigerians on the likelihood of heavy rainfall, flooding, and other catastrophe across the country.