Katsina witnesses 100mm of rain in a single day, highest in 100 years


The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) said, Kastina state has witnessed more than 100 millimetres of rain  in a single day, the highest in 100 years as the north is experiencing its peak of raining season.

The NiMet Director-General/CEO, Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu disclosed this in an event in Abuja, where he spoke at the sideline of the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF)-African Swift Workshop on the pre-tested 3 users and co-production workshop organised by NIMET, and SWIFT.

“Recently in Katsina state, in our stations we witnessed 100mm of rain in just a single day. It has never happened in over 100 years. It shows that these extreme events are being driven by climate change.

“We have previously predicted between July and September 2021, there will be an intensity of the rain and enhancement of soil moisture.

“We will have a lot of overland flow leading to flash floods or riverine foods. The climate change events is also helping to induce and increase the intensity of extreme weather events,” he said.

According to Matazu, the average rain is usually not more than 30mm in a day. This is 1/3 of the annual rainfall in Nguru and 1/6 of rain that Katsina receives in an annum that it received in a day.

This tend to lead to high flash floods, erosion, and segment generation which now causes siltation in the rivers and also affecting supplies.

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