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After the Blazing Heat, Up Next, Rain! 236 Days of Heavy Rainfall predicted in Lagos

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The heavy rainfall in Lagos state, the commercial capital of Nigeria, last year took its toll on the state in a bad form with many losing lives and property. Hardly any part of the state was spared from the effects of the heavy downpour. From the high brow areas like Lekki, Ikoyi and Victoria Island, to the middle class areas like Surulere, Ikeja, Apapa and other surburbs of the state like Ikorodu and Ojodu, almost all residents experienced the adverse effects of the heavy rains. On Monday 13th February 2012, the state witnessed a sudden storm where rain and gusty winds ripped off roofs and caused destruction of infrastructure including street lights and antennae in the city. Though the state was not besieged with floods, the winds caused some destruction giving Lagosians an unpleasant feel of what to expect from the rains this year.

However, to ensure the state’s preparedness, the Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, said at a news briefing on Tuesday 27th March 2012 that residents of the state should prepare for at least 236 days of heavy rainfall in 2012, being the total period of rain predicted by experts.

Reports from Punch News quotes the Commissioner thus: “The natural phenomena that controlled 2011 rainfall are still in force and as such it has been predicted that rainfall will commence from Thursday, March 22, with a margin of error of four days. To a large extent we will agree that this prediction is true as the rains have started in Lagos. It has also been predicted that the end of the season for 2012 is November 12 with a margin of error of two days; with between November 10 and 14 as probable days. The total length of rainy season for the year is approximately put at 236 days with a margin of error of two days. Like last year, Lagos will experience heavy rainfall with serious intensity.”

He further assured residents that the government had designed programmes to manage the expected rain water and minimize flooding through exercises such as massive clearing of drainages, dredging of primary and secondary channels, lining of many earth channels and the introduction of resident drainage maintenance officers in local councils in the state. The effects of last year’s rain on Sunday July 10, 2011 which lasted for about 15 hours still brings unpleasant memories to those who witnessed it. Some houses and cars were completely submerged in water and the flood got into people’s home in ways they never wished for. The floods showed the poor condition of drainages and the state’s unpreparedness for heavy rainfall.

Here is a reminder of the floods caused by the rains in Lagos last year:

This time around, with the prediction and warning from the Ministry of Environment, it is hoped that Lagos would be better prepared. Remember to clear your drainages, don’t throw refuse into the gutters and on the streets and stop building structures on drainage alignments.

If we take the necessary precautions, hopefully, we’d have a better experience with the rains this year.

News Source: Punch News
Photo Credit: Nairaland

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

26 Comments

  1. ejogene

    March 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Na wao! climate change

  2. Personal Stuff

    March 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

  3. Redcarpetgoat

    March 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Lagosians stop pinging and take this seriously…Eko o ni baje o!

  4. Jemibee

    March 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    This is SEROIUS !!

  5. Layo

    March 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Lets hope they actually do all they propose! Global warming is real y’all! Canada had probably one of it’s mildest winters in a while and Lagos might get 200 days of rain? Ish is real out thurr

  6. matteu olatayo aro

    March 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Please let’s SOMEONE CALLS AN EMERGENCY UNIT OF NEMA

  7. Blessed

    March 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    How I wish the Delta state govt will emulate the Lagos state govt in their efforts in putting measures in place to avert flood diseaster . I am really worried about Warri in particular, all the gutters/drainages are blocked, the roads are in very poor condition, people drop waste any how. And nobody is doing anything ………….. I beg I no fit shout. O God help this nation!

  8. binta

    March 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    This is serious o I know d lagos state govt is doing their best but they shd also make sure that those hired to clear d gutter not only clear it but also dispose of d dirt effectively becos d idea of clearing the drainage and then leaving the rubbish by its side defeats the purpose all together. Eko oni baje o!!!

  9. amoo

    March 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    the fall of the heaven is not a one man problem. the forcasters will not be left out. du not block d drain o.

  10. Working woman

    March 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Predication is good. What are they going to do about it?

    http://www.prepqueen.com

  11. Annie

    March 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Hmm, i was a victim last year, may i not fall victim this year in Jesus name. Amen 🙂

  12. tochi

    March 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    We must all work together to help d nation avoid d flooding by putting our axes together.

  13. Olutunji

    March 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    May God protect His people

  14. Naz

    March 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    dis is global warming. we nigerians will always say its nt affecting us, but it is. imagine dis!! #sad

  15. Austine Da Whizchap

    March 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    This Sounds Like Its Gonna Be So Much Fun….Like For Real!

  16. tafa joel

    March 28, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    this is a war dat,we must all stand u and fight.deadly dan Boko Haram invation of d north. Eko oni baje oo.

  17. prijes

    March 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    God help us all. http://www.9janewsmag.com

  18. John

    March 28, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Very serious God help us

  19. baby oku

    March 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    God in ur hands we commit ourselves

  20. AJimisinmi

    March 28, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    keep all gutters flowing all the time! house to house! link it up to next compound!

  21. endy

    March 29, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Lord. Show ur mercy upon ur pple we need it in dis situation

  22. miss kay

    March 29, 2012 at 12:32 am

    this is a dampner though!!!! esp for those coming back for summer! sighhhhh

  23. fairangel

    March 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

    i will advice those living around floody arears to get out before it is late.i mean Lekki and others…..

  24. Ife Adekola

    March 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I was planning a trip to Lagos in June to meet my boyfriend’s family! This hurts my heart because I most likely will have to postpone, and I pray for the safety of your people, and your homes and businesses.

  25. Bolanle

    March 29, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I just pray that everything works according to their plans for Lagosians.

  26. tunmise

    March 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    May God pls have mercy upon us o!

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