As the rainfall reaches it peak, several local councils Yobe State of North East, are pprojected to fall experience flooding in the next 10 days
An European Union (Eu) funded project on flood management in West Africa, Fanfair Forecast, predicted that seven local government areas of in the state are at high risk of flooding, adding that the local governments include, Yusufari, Yunusari, Bursari, Geidam, Karasuwa, Nguru and Bade.
According to a report by Daily Post, Nuguru axis is said to be under severity level three, other places will be under severity level two and one which exceeds normal threshold.
In addition to the prediction, another forecast by Glofas, on Thursday, revealed that possible rising risk of flooding with a 5-year return period that might possibly kick off in the next 10 days in the said LGAs.
In terms of rainfall, the Glofas forecast indicated 70-80% chances of extreme rainfall exceeding 50mm across Yobe and Adamawa states.
“The combined effect of extreme rainfall and the rising water level will increase the chances of flooding in the next 10 days.
“There is a high risk of flood warning level 3 forecast over the next 10 days in some LGAs in Yobe State,” it said.
Meanwhile, Director Information Services for Yobe State Ministry of Home Affairs Information and Culture, Husna Ibrahim said It is against this backdrop that the state government through the State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA), Food and Agriculture Organisation, (FAO) as well as other strategic partners are intensifying efforts by engaging local authorities in the risk areas and communities to monitor and prepare for the flooding.
She urged the authorities in the listed local governments to expect heavy rainfall and rising water level in the next 10 days along the Yobe River due to the medium possibility of heavy rainfall and strong water discharge as well as update their flood contingency plans.
“The LGAs are advised to monitor the potential riverine flooding situation and strong winds due to heavy rainfall and strong winds and provide technical assistance if needed,” she admonishe