The Lagos State authorities has requested residents to arrange for the wet season because the state is anticipated to witness between 240 to 270 days of rainfall in 2020.
In accordance with the Commissioner for the Setting, Mr Tunji Bello, who acknowledged this throughout a press briefing on the 12 months 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Predictions and prevention of flooding within the State on Tuesday, added that the utmost annual rainfall is predicted to be 1,750mm.
Mr Bello, whereas giving reference to a report obtained from the Nigerian Meteorological companies (NIMET), acknowledged that the earliest predicted onset of the wet season is 17th March with different areas following.
He added that the wet season is anticipated to stop earliest by 22 Nov in Surulere with different areas following after.
“Ikeja is anticipated to have about 1526mm, whereas that of Badagry is 1750mm, Lagos Island with 1714mm, Ikorodu with 1690mm and Epe with 1730mm of rainfall.
“Lagos Island was anticipated to have a rainfall onset date of 19th March with an error margin of three days, whereas its cessation date is anticipated to be 26th of November,” he acknowledged.
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The Setting Commissioner famous that this yr’s prediction by NiMeT is predicated on the worldwide consensus that El-Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is on the impartial section which is able to proceed until round August or September.
Mr Bello defined that residents staying coastal areas will witness flash-floods which he describes as ‘natural’, however it’ll disappear in a matter of time if the drains are clear.
“So long as the drains are clear, we ought to be assured that, in a matter of time, the flash flood will disappear.
“It should be famous that anytime the Lagoon stage rises, it could “lock-up” the discharge factors drainage channels and till it recedes, there shall be no discharge. Occurrences like these additionally trigger backflows, leading to flooding”, he emphasised.
He disclosed, “The Lagos State Authorities has established synergy and partnership with Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority and this has ensured management and monitoring of the regular and systematic launch of water from Oyan Dam to stop flooding of the downstream communities;
In accordance with him, since final yr the Emergency Flood Abatement Gang beneath Drainage Upkeep Division of the Ministry have been persistently de-silting and dealing on secondary collectors and conduits, to allow them to discharge effectively.
The Commissioner suggested Lagosians who reside alongside flood plains, coastal and low-lying wetland areas close to main rivers to at all times be on the alert and be able to relocate when the necessity arises.
He appealed to Lagosians to desist from acts that may result in flooding, indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorised locations.