The NiMet DG said in the coming days, there would be high intensity rains and coupled with the dams being let open, there will be more floods.
Benue and Kogi states are experiencing huge flooding, reminiscent of the 2012 floods.
“Remember, we issued the forecast in February and we followed up with the monthly updates that we’re going to have above normal rainfall in most part of the country.
“And from the information we’re getting from NIHSA we’re going to see more floods. And now the rain is concentrating on the North Central and the southern states. So that will be a combination of short duration, high intensity rain, with riverine flooding. So we’re going to see more of these floods in the north central states as we are seeing in Kogi and also south eastern and southwestern states as we are beginning to see in a number of parts of South West.”
He further noted that water-associated risks are going to intensify in the coming years as the full weight of climate change begins to bear on our earth.
“In Africa, water-related hazards such as flood, drought etc have become a major cause of food insecurity, strains on livelihoods, health risks and conflicts in many parts of the continent.”
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The DG NIHSA said the flood that has happened was primarily caused by rainfall and not the released dams.
He also noted that coupled with the fact that some people had built on flood plains, and with the rise in water levels in the River Niger and Benue, the floods became inevitable.