FCT, C’river, Gombe, oth­ers’ll ex­pe­ri­ence flood – NIMET

The Punch - - NEWS - Okechukwu Nn­odim, Abuja

THE Nige­rian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency on Tues­day re­leased its 2018 Sea­sonal Rain­fall Pre­dic­tion and pre­dicted that some cities would be hit by floods this year.

Ac­cord­ing to NIMET in its 2018 SRP un­veiled in Abuja, the coun­try will ex­pe­ri­ence ear­lier than nor­mal rain­fall and pock­ets of dry spells in some other lo­ca­tions.

It added that the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory, Cal­abar in Cross River State, Gombe State, Niger State and oth­ers would ex­pe­ri­ence flood­ing this year.

The agency fur­ther warned that flood­ing episodes might be high in Abuja, parts of Gombe, Yelwa Bida in Niger State and places along the Rivers Niger and Benue, with an ex­pected rain­fall amount rang­ing from 800 to1,600mm, while rain­fall lev­els above 3,100mm are likely in Eket, Cal­abar and places along the coast of the South-east.

On dry spells, the agency noted that it might be more fre­quent and se­vere, rang­ing from 10 to 18 days in some parts of the far North, while the lit­tle dry sea­son or Au­gust break in the South would be very pro­nounced.

The Min­is­ter of State for Avi­a­tion, Hadi Sirika, who un­veiled the 2018 SRP, noted that the SRP pre­dicted that the on­set of rain­fall would be­gin to­wards the end of Fe­bru­ary in the South and late June in the far North.

The re­port, how­ever, stated that early on­set of rain­fall was ex­pected in Cal­abar, Eket, Ado Ek­iti, Akure, Lafia, Makurdi, Bauchi, Kaduna and Sokoto, while rain­fall ces­sa­tion dates in the North-west would be as early as Septem­ber 28 and would progress south­wards till De­cem­ber.

NIMET pre­dicted that the length of the grow­ing sea­son would range from 117 days in the ex­treme North to 287 days in the South, adding that the grow­ing sea­son was ex­pected to be nor­mal in most places and longer than nor­mal in Ikom, Ibi, Abuja, Jos, Bida, and Yelwa.

It pre­dicted a nor­mal rain­fall sea­son for most parts of the coun­try, adding that the least amount of rain­fall would range from 400 to800mm in the ex­treme North, such as Kastina, Nguru and Sokoto.

NIMET’S Di­rec­tor-gen­eral, Prof. Sani Mashi, urged farm­ers in Sokoto, Kastina, Yobe, Zam­fara, Kebbi, Ji­gawa, Kano, and Borno states to source for early maturing and drought re­sis­tant seeds in or­der to avoid wast­ing re­sources.

He said farm­ers in Yelwa, Bida, Abuja were ad­vised not to plant early be­cause of the pre­dicted late on­set dates for the 2018 grow­ing sea­son.

Mashi added that above nor­mal tem­per­a­ture in March in the North-east was likely to cause ve­hi­cle tyre burst dur­ing the day, hence there was need for mo­torists to ex­er­cise cau­tion.

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