The Federal government has announced that there will likely be heavy rainfall in about 48 towns in 13 states which could lead to flooding beginning from September 13 to September 17, 2023.
The Ministry of Environment through its National Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS) Central Hub, made this known in a report released on Wednesday, September 13, 2023.
It predicted that the rise in the water levels of River Benue and River Niger could affect communities along the rivers up to Bayelsa State and advised residents in these areas to take precautionary measures.
According to the report, the 13 states to be affected include Kano, Kebbi, Katsina, Niger, Kwara, Zamfara, Bauchi, Taraba, Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Jigawa and Gombe.
The report read in part, “The following locations and their environs are likely to witness heavy rainfall that may lead to flooding within the period of prediction: 13th – 17th September 2023:
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“In Kano State: Sumaila, Kunchi; Kebbi State: Argungu; Katsina State: Bindawa, Jibia, Kaita, Katsina; Niger State: Kontagora, Mashegu, New Bussa; and Kwara State: Kosubosu.”
In Zamfara State, the report stated that Kaura Namoda and Shinkafi might witness heavy rainfall leading to flooding, while in Bauchi State the same scenario might happen in Bajoga, Darazo, Kirfi, Azare, Jama‘are, Itas and Misau.
Towns that might be affected in Taraba State include Beli, Donga, Lau, Serti, Mutum-Biyu and Yorro; while in Borno State, Briyel, Biu, Dikwa, Kukawa and Bama might take the hit as well.
In Adamawa State, Ganye, Mubi, Demsa, Jimeta, Mayo Belwa, Numan, Shelleng, and Song were listed, while towns that were named in Yobe State include Dapchi, Gashua, Geidam, Kanamma, Machina, and Potiskum,
Only Nafada in Gombe State might witness heaving rainfall that could lead to flood during the review period, while in Jigawa State, Dutse, Gumel, Gwaram, and Miga might be affected.
“Also, due to the rise in the water level of River Benue and River Niger, communities along River Benue and River Niger up to Bayelsa State should kindly take precautionary measures,” the report stated.
The agency, however, stated that feedback from relevant stakeholders and state government representatives would be highly appreciated.
The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev, had earlier stated on Tuesday that the Federal Government was striving to curtail the excesses of floods caused by heavy rainfall and the recent release of water from dams and rivers.
He urged Nigerians to always implement the recommendations of Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, to mitigate the effects of floods, stressing that the government was currently trying to see how to tackle its excesses.