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First Rain Renews Fear Of Flooding

Published by Guardian on Sun, 22 Jan 2012


CHIEF meteorologist of the Central Forecast Office, Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Abayomi Oyegoke, said the rain that fell in some parts of Lagos in the early hours of yesterday is not necessarily the beginning of rainfall. He argued that it fell as a result of the state's coastal position.The unexpected light rain started around 3am and lasted about an hour.Oyegoke, who spoke via the telephone yesterday, said the northern and central part of the country should expect fresh Harmattan dusts from North Africa.Experts earlier had predicted there would be heavy rainfall in Lagos and other western states in 2012.The state's commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, said this informed the state's intention to clear drainages.At least 10 people died in the flood of July 10, 2011.Bello said a comprehensive monthly maintenance and cleaning programme has been put in place in all the 57 local government councils and development areas in the state in order to ensure that similar flooding does not reoccur.The commissioner said the ministry would also embark on massive public enlightenment campaign to educate people on what they need do to reduce flooding and enhance public safety.
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