NIMET Warns of Impending Flood

By Nosa Aituamen

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has advised Nigerians especially those in Taraba state and some parts of the South West areas to be cautious of impending flood as a result of expected rainfall.

Speaking on the recent days of rainfalls in some parts of the country, the Director General of NiMet, Prof Mansur Matazu advised Nigerians to be prepared for flooding in some parts of the country, adding that the climate change had affected the activities across the world.

He explained, that NiMet recorded 95 percent precision and accuracy in the last 15 years stressing that,  according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 60 percent was good.

The NiMet boss expressed displeasure that most states and local governments were not connected to the national level in adherence to early warnings by not aligning to their activities

He also stressed the need for MDAs to take all the advise from NiMet to mitigate the impact of flooding as poor response remained the bane.

Prof. Matazu called for adequate compliance as it was critical to avert the severity of the flood.

The NiMet boss, however expressed optimism that with the agency’s good working relationship with the National Orientation Agency and Ministry of Communication, a lot of sensitization will be done to ensure that people take climate forecast into their daily activities

On adherence to forecast by farmers, Prof. Matazu explained, that the agency has distributed farmers rain gauge to them for monitoring to enable them to feedback the agency

He urged Nigerians to desist from dumping refuse into the water channels and to stop building on water ways to mitigate flooding.

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