Akwa-Ibom records highest amount of rainfall in 2015 – NiMet

PIC 3. FLOOD AS A RESULT OF THE FIRST RAINFALL AT IYANA OWORO IN LAGOS ON TUESDAY (19/1/16)
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PIC 3. FLOOD AS A RESULT OF THE FIRST RAINFALL AT IYANA OWORO IN LAGOS ON TUESDAY (19/1/16) 19/1/2016/BOA/ICE//NAN

The Acting Director, Applied Meteorological Services department of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Joseph Alozie, said that Akwa Ibom State recorded the highest amount of rainfall recorded in Nigeria in 2015.

Mr. Alozie disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

The director said that the region recorded about 600 millimetre of rain in just one particular month during the year.

He said the volume was more than was recorded in some northern states in a year, adding that the highest amount recorded in the north was 750 millimetres.

Alozie stated that there were above normal rainfall in many southern coast and inland regions like Oyo and Ogun States, where NiMet predicted above normal rainfall in its 2015 Seasonal Rainfall Predication.

“There were serious rains around Anambra and northern part of Delta, that is, Asaba area and the area bordering River Niger in Onitsha had substantial rainfall.

“There is a heaviest of all rainfall received in Akwa Ibom state especially in parts of Eket.

“There was a month that we got more than 600 millimetres (mm) in just one month in part of Akwa Ibom state, which was unprecedented.

“What some states in the North would have almost for the whole year was what Akwa Ibom got in just one month,’’ he said.

Mr. Alozie explained that rainfall recorded in the far north ranged from about 500 mm annual value, to the middle of the country, where it could be up to 1,200mm or 1,300mm.

(NAN)


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