Imminent flooding, downpour to cause business slump

Economic activities, livelihoods, and consumer buying are certainly to be affected due to imminent flooding in five states and Nigeria’s federal capital.

This is according to the latest advisory by the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NiMet).

The concerned states are, namely Kaduna, Niger, Bauchi, Plateau, Nasarawa, and the FCT.

Other states the forecast suggests will face heavy downpour are Kwara, Oyo, Kogi, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo, Sokoto, Katsina, Zamfara, and Kebbi will face heavy rainfall. Similarly, NiMet says it will pour in Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Imo, Anambra, Rivers, Edo and Delta.

However, it is not all gloom as the agency predicts that there will be “light or no rains are expected in very few states”.

In addition, heavy rains are expected over parts of central cities and the moderate rainfall expected over the southeastern part of the country for two consecutive days.

“Also, the moderate and heavy rainfall events are expected to be accompanied by strong winds especially over the northern and central states during the forecast period.

“Hence, the public is advised to avoid low-lying terrains, not to drive through running water, clear waterways of debris, avoid standing under trees and unsecured structures during the rain, and switch off electrical appliances before the rains.”