The Nigeria State Commissioner for the Environment confirmed on Thursday, September 12, that there is flooding in Lokoja (Kogi State), which caused three buildings to collapse, as the Niger river's water levels rose up to 9.5 m (31 ft) following heavy rain in the area. No casualties were reported as of Friday, September 13.
Further rain and associated flooding are likely in the coming days. Transportation disruptions are likely.
In Nigeria, the rainy season typically lasts from March to November. According to the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), the number of people in the country vulnerable to devastating floods is expected to continue to rise due to urbanization, population growth (particularly in flood-prone regions), deforestation, and climate change.
Individuals present in the affected regions are advised to follow all instructions as issued by local authorities and be prepared to leave immediately if an evacuation order is given. Monitor any relevant developments to the situation via local media, the authorities, and reliable weather reporting outlets. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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