Ministry predicts flooding in 16 states

The Federal Ministry of Environment has predicted a downpour in 16 states and the FCT that could cause flooding between now and April 20, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Morohunkeji Oyeleke, the Deputy Director, Erosion, Flood and Coastal Zone Management Department, disclosed this in an interview with NAN in Abuja on Friday.

Ms. Oyeleke identified areas that could be affected to include Bonny in Rivers; Akure in Ondo; Jos and its environs in Plateau; Minna and Bida in Niger; and Abuja and its environs in the FCT.

Other areas are Argungu and its environs in Kebbi; Biu in Borno; Gusau in Zamfara; Jebba and its environs in Niger; Yola in Adamawa; and Jalingo and its environs in Taraba.

She also listed Abeokuta in Ogun; Ibadan and its environs as well as Ogbomoso in Oyo State; and Iseyin and Osogbo in Osun.

The Deputy Director appealed to the governments of the respective states to take necessary precautionary measures to avoid loss of lives and property, noting that previous warnings had saved lives and property.

Ms. Oyeleke noted that Kwara had sent a report to the ministry indicating that the state government was able to prevent any havoc from a recent downpour due to precautionary measures it had introduced.

According to her, the ministry has been receiving verbal reports from various state governments on how the forecast had helped to prevent loss of lives and property.

She further said that an alert had been sent to areas likely to experience windstorm during the rainy season and stressed that any change in the prediction would be announced as weather forecasting was based on probability.

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