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Prepare for 270 days of rains, Lagos govt alerts residents

by Badejo Oluwaseun

The Lagos State Government alerted residents of the state that the state will witness a near-normal rainfall of between 240 to 270 days this year.

The State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello who stated this during a press briefing on the Year 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Predictions and prevention of flooding in the State in his office at Alausa, added the maximum annual rainfall is predicted to be 1,750mm. He said the earliest predicted onset of the rainy season is 17th March with other areas following, adding that the rainy season is expected to cease earliest by 22 Nov in Surulere with other areas following after.

He stated that Ikeja was expected to have about 1526mm, while that of Badagry is 1750mm, Lagos Island with 1714mm, Ikorodu with 1690mm and Epe with 1730mm of rainfall. He disclosed that the report which was obtained from the Nigerian Meteorological services (NIMET) indicated further that Lagos Island was expected to have a rainfall onset date of 19th March with an error margin of three days, while its cessation date is expected to be 26th of November. He said this year’s prediction by NiMET is based on the global consensus that El-Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is at the neutral phase which will continue till around August or September. It is also expected that Lagos Island will have about 252 days of rainfall with about 1714mm of rainfall throughout the year.

Bello disclosed that the predictions of the Agency were valuable as vital weather and early warning tools for planners, decision-makers, and operators of the various sectors and businesses that might be impacted by the annual rainfall if not well managed. Re-assuring Lagosians on the issue of floods, Bello said in a coastal area like Lagos, it is natural that “sometimes when it rains, we are likely to have flash-floods on our roads as normal occurrences all over the world. “As long as the drains are clean, we should be assured that, in a matter of time, the flash flood will disappear”.

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