What are future flooded areas in Nigeria? Can the Nigerian states be protected? You’ll find out everything you need to know about floods and regions in danger in this article!
Yesterday NIMET, well-known as The Nigeria Meteorological Agency, proclaimed red alert to 11 Nigerian states, which will be likely to experience terrible flood in the period between August and October. So the Nigerian states, which can be affected includes: Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Borno, Benue, Delta, Cross River, Kwara, Kaduna, Yobe, Nasarawa and Zamfara.
According to The Nigeria Meteorological Agency and a few reports on Prospects of Flooding and Rainfall Situation in the period between 2016 August and October, showed that the soil moisture saturation in the affected states was caused by cumulative high intensity rainfall in July and June.
The agency proclaimed in its statement that The Nigeria Meteorological Agency, in implementation of its mandate to conduct monitoring the climate and weather of the country at all times, and working in deep collaboration with the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency it monitors rainfall across the whole country.
‘After careful analysis of precipitation data from our observatories across the country in June and July, we want to provide the following data and advice to the public, especially in the affected Nigerian areas, the soil moisture was either saturated or close to saturation levels, thanks to the total high intensity rainfall in some regions of the country in July and June.
According to the experts the flooded areas may include Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Cross River, Kwara, Kaduna, Yobe, Borno, Benue, Nasarawa and also Zamfara. It means that flooding may happen in these regions because the soil is not capable to absorb more rainwater in the next weeks anymore which occurs at the same time with the peak of difficult rainy season.
Previously in NIMET’s Seasonal Rainfall Prediction 2016 (SRP) the agency had claimed that whilst a lot of parts of Nigeria can experience lower than-usual (normal) total rainfall thanks to the famous effect of EL Nino, floods can still happen in such regions; especially those, which are naturally prone to different flooding. Also the agency urged all relevant agencies to prepare all the emergency evacuation plans and, of course, activate them as soon as it is necessary.