Sunday, February 14, 2016 8:27 pm
Akwa Ibom recorded the highest rainfall in Nigeria in 2015, Mr Joseph Alozie, Acting Director, Applied Meteorological Services, Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet), said .
Alozie said that the state recorded about 600 millimetre of rain in just one particular month during the year.
He said the volume was more than what was recorded in some states in northern region in a whole year, adding that the highest amount recorded in the north was 750 millimetres.
Alozie stated that there were above normal rainfall in many southern coast and inland regions like Oyo and Ogun States, where NiMet predicted above normal rainfall in its 2015 Seasonal Rainfall Predication.
“There were serious rains around Anambra and northern part of Delta, that is, Asaba area and the area bordering River Niger in Onitsha had substantial rainfall.
“The heaviest of all rainfall was received in Akwa Ibom state especially in parts of Eket.
“There was a month that we got more than 600 millimetres (mm) in just one month in part of Akwa Ibom state, which was unprecedented.
“What some states in the North would have almost for the whole year was what Akwa Ibom got in just one month,’’ he said.
Alozie explained that rainfall recorded in the far north ranged from about 500 mm annual value, to the middle of the country, where it could be up to 1,200mm or 1,300mm.