The Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has issued red alert regarding floods in 11 states in Nigeria in the month of August.
The states listed are Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa, Yobe and Zamfara states.
This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, August 9, and released to journalists in Abuja, Sahara Reporters reports.
“This is due to cumulative high-intensity rainfall in some parts of the country in June and July.
“This means that floods should be expected in these areas because the soil is no longer able to absorb more rainwater in the coming weeks which coincide with the peak rainy season.”
The agency advised state governments, communities and individuals in these vulnerable areas to take proactive actions in handling the impending floods.
Azinge also advised that water channels and drainages should be cleared and activities that will block the free flow of waters should be avoided.
She added that NIMET was working in collaboration with the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency to monitor rainfall events across the country and the observations and projections are in agreement with the 2016 Annual Flood Outlook that was released by the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency.
Earlier, Moses Beckley, the director-general of the NHSA, predicted an overflow of the Niger-Benue River Basins and other sub-basins, in the rainy season.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 5,300 houses have been destroyed by flood in six local government areas of Kano state.
The local governments affected inclue Bebeji, Dawakin Kudu, Kiru Shanono, Bagwai and Garun Mallam.
Also, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has advised residents of some communities along the River Niger to evacuate immediately over possible flooding.