The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has announced that the prevailing weather pattern in Nigeria is going to cause above-normal rainfall in about 19 states between August and October this year.
It stated that above-normal rainfall conditions were expected in the northern states of Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, much of Kebbi and Gombe, as well as northern Kaduna and Adamawa states.
Matazu, told journalists at a press briefing in Abuja:
"Normal to above normal rainfall conditions are expected over most parts of the South-Western states including Lagos, Ogun, Osun, much of Oyo, Ondo, parts of Ekiti, and Edo.
Normal rainfall conditions are expected in the central states, most of Kaduna, Adamawa, Edo, Ekiti, Oyo, parts of Bauchi, Gombe and Ondo.
Normal to below normal conditions are expected over the South-South and the inland states such as Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Abia, Imo, a, Ebonyi and Enugu states."
Matazu stated that the agency was aware of the recent devastations caused by heavy rainfall in some states, stressing that the high-intensity rainfall was due to the changing weather conditions as earlier predicted by NiMet.
He explained that the role of the agency in flood management, caused by heavy rains, was to ensure continuous observation and monitoring of rainfall events across the country.