The Federal Ministry of Environment yesterday predicted that heavy rainfall which could cause flooding between now and October 10 in 16 states of the federation.
The Deputy Director, Erosion, Flood and Coastal Zone Management of the ministry Dr Morohunkeji Oyeleke, said this in a statement made available to the newsmen in Abuja.
Oyeleke listed the states as Kebbi, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Anambra, Kwara, Jigawa, Katsina, Bauchi, Kano, Adamawa, Kogi, Zamfara, Plateau, Lagos, Taraba and Cross River.
Going into specifics, Oyeleke identified some areas that could be affected in Kebbi as Argungu, Anka and Bungudu; in Akwa-Ibom as Abak, Ikotabasi, Upenekang and Etinan.
Other areas are Oyo town and its environs, while areas to be affected in Jigawa are Dutse, Gwaram, Hadejia and Miga.
She also listed Aboh, Agbor and Atani in Anambra; Jebba, New-Bussa, Kosubosu in Kwara, and Jibia, Kaita, and Katsina town in Katsina State.
The deputy director listed areas to be affected Bauchi as Azare, Darazo, Bajoga, Jamaare, Kirfi, Misau and Tafawa Balewa, and those in Kaduna as Zaria, Jemaa, Kaduna and Kafinmadaki.
Flood-prone areas Kano State include Bebeji, Gwarzo, Karaye, Sumaila and Tudun wada, while Gusau, Kaura-Namoda and Maradun face the threat in Zamfara.
Areas which could be affected by the downpour-induced flood include Bida, Kontagora, Mashegu, Sarkinpawa all in Niger and Bokkos, Buruku, Jos, Mangu, Shelleng, Shandam in Plateau.
Oyeleke identified Demsa, Ganye, Jimeta, Mayobelwa, Mubi Numan and Song in Adamawa; also Donga, Lau, Mutumbiyu and Yorro in Taraba and Eti-osa, Ikorodu, Lekki, Surulere in Lagos State.
She appealed to the governments of the identified states to take all necessary precautionary measures to avoid flood disasters, noting that similar warnings in the past had saved the people’s lives and property.
She said that the ministry had been receiving verbal reports from various state governments on how the weather forecasts had been helpful in efforts to initiate proactive measures to prevent natural disaster.