The Federal Ministry of Environment on Saturday in Abuja announced a prediction of heavy rainfall which could cause flooding between now and Oct. 27 in 19 states and the FCT.
Dr Morohunkeji Oyeleke, the ministry’s Deputy Director, Erosion, Flood and Coastal Zone Management, made the announcement in a statement
The ministry identified the states as Kaduna, Kwara, Benue, Borno, Oyo, Niger, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Taraba, Lagos, Osun, Bauchi, Sokoto, Plateau, Adamawa, Gombe, Imo, Ogun and Kebbi.
It also identified in specific terms some areas that could be affected as Sakaba in Kebbi, Sagamu in Ogun, Okigwe in Imo and Nafada in Gombe state.
Other areas are Kari and Kirfi in Bauchi state, Makira in Sokoto state,Shelleng and Shendam in Plateau, and Mubi and Numan in Adamawa.
The ministry also listed Donga, Lau and Mutum-Biyu in Taraba, Etiosa, Lekki and Surulere in Lagos state and Igbo-Ora in Osun.
It further listed Briyel in Bukuru and Otukpo in Benue, Calabar in Cross River and Eket, Etinan, Ikot-Nakada, Itu and Oron areas of Akwa Ibom.
The flood-prone areas included Abaji, Kwali, Bwari, Mabushi, Kukwaba, Guzape, Karu, Kuje, Kurudu and Lugbe in the FCT.
The ministry also said areas which could be affected by the downpour-induced flood included Apata, Bodija, Challenge, Eleyele, Moniya, Aiyete, Eruwa, Iseyin, Kisi and Ogbomoso in Oyo state.
It also listed Bida, Katcha, Kontagora, Mashegu and Sarki Pawa, all in Niger, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna, Jemaa, Kachia in Kaduna state and Bode Saadu, Ilorin, Kosubosu and Lafiaji in Kwara.
The ministry appealed to the governments in the identified states to take all necessary precautionary measures to avoid any untold hardship.
It added that adherence to similar warnings in the past had saved many peoples’ lives and property.