14 December 2012

Nigeria: Expert Says Nigeria is Prone to Severe Hurricane

Adebayo said this in an interview in Lokoja that the evidence of climate change in different forms like the recent flood disasters was enough indication that Nigeria was more prone to severe storms.

It would be recalled that several states were devastated by flood, killing many people, destroying property and submerging several houses and farmlands. He said many of the storms, being experienced in America and Europe, actually originated from the West and Central Africa.

"Storms from West and Central African regions move systematically with different intensities into the Atlantic and across the East Coast of America and the Caribbean," he said.

Adebayo said that the Hurricane Katrina and Sandy Storm, which recently swept across the America, had not been scientifically established to have originated from the West and Central Africa. He said Nigeria had been experiencing hurricanes but that the intensity only became noticeable on July 31, 2000, saying severe storms had since been passing through Nigeria without attention paid to them.

"Nigeria is susceptible to severe storms and this means that our level of preparedness has to be above average in terms of budgetary provisions and procurement of right equipment," he said. NAN

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