Government officials in Kwara and Sokoto states urged residents in riverside areas vulnerable to flooding to move to designated safe areas as of Tuesday, August 20, in anticipation of continued heavy rainfall and flooding. The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has also issued flood alerts for the states of Cross River, Oyo, Enugu, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Lagos, Edo, Imo, Abia, Jigawa, Adamawa, Delta, Rivers, Bauchi, and the Federal Capital Territory. Flooding has already impacted Jigawa state, where at least five people were killed following the collapse of two separate residential buildings in the area on Monday, August 19. The NIHSA warned that heavy rainfall and flooding should be expected over the coming days and weeks as rising water levels are expected to impact communities along the Niger River Basin in Nigeria.
Associated disruptions, including transportation disruptions, are likely in areas affected by flooding.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions and flight reservations before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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