The commercial hub of Nigeria, Lagos State is set to experience about 1,750 millimeters of rainfall within 240 – 270 days says Dr Tunji Bello.
Lagos state commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Dr Tunji Bello, has urged residents of the State to prepare for 240-270 days rain with the 2020 rainfall predicted to begin in March 19 and end Nov. 22.
Dr. Bello made this known at a news conference on the 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Predictions and Prevention of Flooding in Lagos, held at the Ministry’s Conference room on Tuesday.
The ccommissioner while warning of possible flooding and river breaks said;
“It can be deduced that Lagos State shall experience a rainy season of 240-270 days, while the maximum annual rainfall is predicted to be 1,750 millimeters.
“Year 2020 will likely experience days with extremely high rainfall amount which may result in flooding.
“Another contributory factor to possible flooding in the state is sea level rise.
“This poses the biggest risk to coastal areas and the state’s drainage infrastructure, as anytime there is high tidal movement, it may “lock up” the discharged points of drainage channels and until it recedes, there will be no discharge.
“Such occurrences also caused back flows, resulting to flooding but as soon as the Lagoon recedes, all generated storm water run-off will immediately discharge and our roads will be free,” Bello said.