Ogun asks residents of Abeokuta, seven towns to brace up for heavy rainfall

NIMET predicts massive flooding in Ogun, five other states during 2017 rainy season

Ogun state government has asked residents of Abeokuta, the state capital, and seven other towns in the state to expect heavy rainfall and massive flood as from this month.

The other towns are Abigi in Ijebu Waterside, Ayetoro and Ilaro in Yewa axis, Ewekoro, as well as Ijebu Igbo, Ijebu Ode and Ikenne in Ijebu/Remo axis.

Environment commissioner, Bolaji Oyeleye who raised the alert in Abeokuta at a news conference, said the envisaged heavy rainfall will likely occur between last Monday and November 28.

Oyeleye who explained the alert is based on prediction by Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) said the beyond normal rainfall could be further aggravated by the release of water from the Oyan and Ikere Gorge dams.

The commissioner also asked people to avoid staying under the sun due to the predicted combination of heat and humidity, which could lead to hyperthermia.

Meanwhile, the director of the Ogun State Emergency Management Agency, Sakiru Adebakin has indicated the readiness of the agency to respond to any distress calls during the predicted heavy rainfall and massive flooding.

He advised people living around the banks of rivers to relocate elsewhere.

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