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28 States in Danger of Severe Flooding, Water Resources Minister Warns

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Adamu dropped the hint at the public presentation of the 2021 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) in Abuja.

He listed the states to include Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, FCT, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and Kebbi.

Others are Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba and Zamfara.

The minister noted that the 2012 flood brought about massive destruction of lives and property across the country.

This, he noted, necessitated the putting in place, of proper mechanism to prepare Nigerians to confront the disaster whenever it occurred.

According to him, the NIHSA forecasts have increased the awareness in the citizenry and led to taking measures to prevent severe flood damage.

“This year, we will be grappling with the two threats of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the impending floods as predicted in the AFO.

“The flood projections show varying severity across parts of the country.

“In summary, the 2021 AFO forecast indicates that 302 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in 36 states including the FCT will fall within the moderate probable flood risk areas.

“It is expected from the forecast that 121 LGAs in 28 states will fall within the highly probable risk areas.

“The states surrounding Rivers Niger and Benue are, without doubt, going to experience severe flooding.

“Floods come with attendant health risks through the contamination of potable water sources.

“The 2021 flooding will be exacerbated by the continuing ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The minister urged Nigerians to do all within their power to give succor to the populace grappling with the twin problems.

He said stakeholders, including policy makers and tiers of government should rise to the challenge of the impending flooding and take appropriate measures such as clearing of waterways and flood paths to contain it.

Adamu noted that the ministry was controlling water flow in streams through construction of dams, reservoirs, artificial lakes and rivers, with a view to making it less destructive.

The Director General of the NIHSA, Mr Clement Nze, stressed the need for state and local governments to restore rivers to their natural courses and reduce indiscriminate encroachmenton waterways.

He expressed worry over the refusal by some states to adhere to early warnings about floods, and said it had resulted in the devastating effects being recorded annually in parts of the country.

Nze stressed that enforcement of town planning codes in the country would go a long way to managing construction of houses and drainage appropriately.

“We are calling on states to relocate people that live in waterways and flood plains.

“They should desilt their rivers, drainage and water channels. Removal of refuse, weeds and water hyacinth is very important,” he said.

The Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mohammadu Muhammed, noted that the agency had enjoyed robust partnership with NIHSA as a critical stakeholder in disaster management.

According to him, NIHSA’s AFO has been a veritable took for NEMA in flood preparedness, mitigation and response since 2013.

Muhammed said the agency had also established three automatic weather observation stations in Nasarawa, Gombe State and Ekiti to enhance flood forecast and management in Nigeria.

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NiMet predicts 3-day cloudiness, sunshine from Friday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted three days cloudiness and sunshine from Friday to Sunday.

NiMet`s weather outlook released on  in Abuja,  predicted cloudy skies with spell of sunshine over the northern region, with thunderstorms over parts of Taraba, Adamawa and Kaduna State in the morning hours on Friday.

According to it, thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Jigawa, Borno, Yobe, Kano, Kaduna, Zamfara, Taraba,  and Adamawa  later in the day.

“Cloudy skies are further anticipated over the North central states during the morning hours,  with chances of thunderstorms over parts of Benue, Kogi, Federal Capital Territory, Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kwara .

 are still prospects of rains over parts of Plateau, Kwara, Niger,  and the Federal Capital Territory,  during the afternoon and evening hours.

“ Inland and coastal cities of  South are expected to be under cloudy skies with rains over parts of Delta, Abia, Imo, Enugu, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Rivers state during morning hours, “ it said.

The agency forecast moderate rains over most places in the afternoon and evening hours.

According to it, thunderstorms are expected over parts of Jigawa, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Taraba in the morning hours on Saturday.

It predicted the rest of the northern region to be under cloudy skies.

It further predicted thunderstorms over parts of Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba and Kaduna state in the afternoon and evening hours.

“Cloudy skies are anticipated over the North central region in the morning hours with chances of thunderstorms over Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Benue and the Federal Capital Territory.

“Thunderstorms are likely, over parts of Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Kwara and the Federal Capital Territory in the afternoon and evening hours.

“Inland and coastal cities of South are expected to be under cloudy skies in the morning hours,  with chances of moderate rains over parts of Delta, Enugu, Ondo, Osun, Ogun, Imo, Lagos, Rivers and Bayelsa , “ NiMet said.

It envisaged moderate rains over parts of Ekiti, Enugu, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Delta, Lagos, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Rivers in the afternoon and evening hours.

NiMet predicted cloudy skies with interval of sunshine over the northern region, with chances of thunderstorms over parts of Taraba, Zamfara, Sokoto and  state  in the morning hours on Sunday.

According to it,  are prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Katsina, Borno, Gombe, Adamawa, Kaduna, Kano and  state later in the day.

“The North central region is expected to be under cloudy skies with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Plateau, Niger, Kwara and the Federal Capital Territory,  during the morning hours.

“Thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Plateau, Nasarawa, Niger, Kwara and the Federal Capital Territory during the afternoon and evening hours.

“ The inland cities of the South  be predominantly cloudy while moderate rains are expected over parts of Imo, Osun, Ondo, Delta, Lagos and Rivers in the morning hours, “ it said.

The agency anticipated chances of rains over parts of Edo, Enugu, Delta, Osun, Imo and across the coastal belt later in the day. (NAN)

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NiMet Warns of Serious Flooding in 34 States

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has warned of impending heavy rainfall and flooding in 34 States over the next three days and has advised people to avoid certain areas. 

Within the next three days, “heavy rainfall” is expected over parts of Katsina, Jigawa, Niger, eastern Kogi, Nasarawa, western Benue and Cross River, NiMet said in a statement on Monday.

“There are chances of moderate to heavy rainfall over parts of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Akwa Ibom from Wednesday to Friday” the agency noted.

On the other hand, “moderate rainfall” might fall in parts of Rivers, Kwara, the FCT, Delta and northern Kaduna, the agency said.

Other parts of the country are expected to experience light rainfall, it added in its weather outlook Tuesday.

“As a result of the expected heavy rainfall in the next three days, there are chances of flash flooding over roads, low-lying settlements, streams and river channels,” NiMet said.

“Possible disruption of traffic due to flooded or closed roads, reduction in visibility, possible disruption in flight operations, damage to mud houses and makeshift structures, possible damage to roads and bridges.

“Thus, the public is advised to exercise restraint, avoid low-level areas and fast flowing runoff waters. Emergency agencies are to be prepared for any eventualities. Hence, the public is advised to be prepared for these events to avoid damages from rain-related hazards.”

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NiMet, Earth Networks to Collaborate on Weather Information Services

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As part of efforts to further strengthen its capacity in weather and climate information services,  the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has announced a partnership with Earth Networks, a global provider of weather intelligence.

The partnership agreement includes a five-year collaboration to build the Nigeria Total Lightning and Mesoscale AWS Network (NTLMAN) for early warning of severe weather.

The partnership was consummated during a live virtual Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony from Abuja and Germantown, Maryland.

Under the agreement, Earth Networks and NiMet will deploy and operate a comprehensive early warning lightning detection network in Nigeria and jointly co-market new sources of weather and lightning data to public and private industries in Nigeria.

U.S. Embassy Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officer Adam Jagelski and Director-General of NiMet, Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu at the virtual meeting

Precision weather stations and lightning sensors will be hosted at NiMet locations and maintained by NiMet staff. In addition to the network equipment, Earth Networks will also provide training and development for NiMet staff regarding use of comprehensive weather data, including real-time and historical lightning data, weather observations, sensor forecasts and live storm-tracking and alerting.

This new agreement with NiMet supports Earth Networks’ commitment to build sustainable public-private weather information services partnerships with countries around the globe.

Government agencies and private enterprises in Nigeria alike will now have access to a complete suite of visualization, forecasting, storm identification, alerting, and tracking services, developed and offered jointly by NiMet and Earth Networks.

This cooperation means any industry affected by weather in Nigeria, including aviation, oil and gas, mining, and manufacturing, can now take advantage of the most technologically advanced severe weather alerts and data to promote safety and ease operational challenges caused by weather.

“We’ve been working in more than 25 countries in Africa since 2013 to save lives and protect property with high-resolution weather and lightning data,” said Jim Anderson, Vice President of Global Sales at Advanced Environmental Monitoring, Earth Networks’ parent company. “We are excited to partner with NiMet to help accelerate the expansion of their high impact weather forecasting capacity and bring new weather warning services to enterprise customers in Nigeria.”

In his remarks at the virtual MOU signing ceremony, U.S. Embassy Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officer Adam Jagelski said the partnership between Earth Networks and NiMet will help expand Nigeria’s capacity to accurately provide critical weather forecasting information and climate services, supporting Nigeria’s economic development by protecting the lives and property that are critical to several key sectors.

 

NiMet DG, Prof. Matazu

“The signing of this MOU is exemplary of the mutually beneficial partnership model U.S. businesses can employ to engage the Nigerian market,” Jagelski said. “I am thrilled to see Earth Networks using the partnership model to bring the expertise of one of America’s truly innovative companies to the strategic infrastructure sector in Nigeria.  We hope to see more of America’s premier companies developing partnerships as a means to bring their best-in-class products and services to Nigeria and the whole of Africa.”

About Earth Networks

Earth Networks, a member of the Advanced Environment Monitoring (AEM) family of innovators, has developed partnerships in many countries over the past several years to bring weather observation, forecasting, and alerting technologies that are both low-cost and easy to deploy and maintain.

The company is committed to enabling the best weather and lightning observation networks, visualization tools, and early warning alerting technologies to the world. Schools, airports, sports teams, utilities, and government agencies rely on their early warning solutions to safeguard lives, prepare for weather events, and optimise operations.

Companies across all industries use Earth Networks’ weather data to automate decisions regarding risk management, business continuity, and asset protection.

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