BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI
RESIDENTS of Lagos State have expressed apprehension over the readiness of the state government to combat the challenge of heavy rainfall with attendant severe flooding this year following 2013 prediction by Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET .
It was gathered that, as predicted last year using the “Seasonal Rainfall Predictions, SRP, the pattern of Lagos cum South West states will not be significantly different from 2012 because some natural phenomena that controlled last year rain are said to still be in force.”
The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, revealed that the state will experience between 249 and 275 days of rain this year, expected to start in February and to last till December 17, 2013, with intermittent stoppages between now and August.
According to him: “The magnitude of Lagos seasonal rainfall prediction for this year is that Lagos will experience heavy rainfall with serious intensity just like last year.
“Lagos is expected to record 1722mm with marginal error of between 21 and 179mm. Heavy thunder storm is predicted to occur during the rainy period of June, July, August, September and October.”
He, therefore, urged residents of the state to clear their drainage and avoid any problem that could re-silt their water channels since the state is opening the silted drainage statewide.