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Rains here: Beware of floods, electrocution, bad roads

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BY SOME Divine design, the physical world is demarcated in weather defined seasons in many parts of the world.  The study of geography enables humanity to know the parts of the world that are habitable and those that are not due to  harsh and inclement weather conditions.

  IN AFRICA, particularly the sub saharan area where  Nigeria is located, there are two prominent seasonal phenomena viz: rainy season and dry season. Food crops and allied edibles are mainly  cultivated during the rainy season because of the wetness and  moisture  required for the plant to sprout, blossom,  yield fruits and mature for human and animal consumption.

   BUT, despite the gains, the rains can be causes of havoc. The devastating impact of the rains  comprises  deafening thunder, dazzling lightning and  attendant destructions that affect  both humans, animals and physical objects like private and public buildings. To this end therefore,  the coming of rains presents clarion calls and behooves on government and relevant institutions to sound clear notes of warning to enable people to guard against carelessness and exposure of  lives and property to rampaging lightning, thunder and even windstorm among other vagaries of the rains.

  IN RIVERRINE areas, river-craft, boats and canoes  should be reinforced and properly serviced to stand the ferocious water waves, tornado, whirlwind and violent storms as they are the main source of transportation and trades such as fishing.

  HISTORICAL accounts show that heavy rainfall can lead to numerous hazards, for example, erosion, massive flooding,  landslide, gullies which swallow  lands and homesteads and do render people homeless as well as make them go through unspeakable privation in makeshift internally displaced persons (IDP)  camps.

  DURING the rains where sewage and water ways are not cleared and well  demarcated, homes, business places,, farm lands with cultivated crops can be swept away; thus, rendering business owners, farmers, among others prostrate. The worst economic havoc is that  some of the businesses or crops in the farms may have been as a result of loans from  banks and grants ostensibly for boosting food crops to enable the society be self sufficient in food supply and export to earn foreign exchange to shore up the country’s  foreign exchange reserve.

  IT IS apposite to sensitise the public to be wary of the devastating impact of rains  especially  in  areas where perennial flooding  occurs.

  IT IS important for people to avoid clustering under the high tension lines even as states like Anambra  had embarked on demolition of illegal structures under the high tension lines .

  IT IS also germane to sensitise the people to put off their televisions, radio sets, and even telephone handsets during the rains as such can attract lightening and thunder strikes. People should try to save their lives from electrocution by not being near such electro-magnetic wave lines. Even mirrors and reflectors can attract electrocution. Drivers should as much as possible,  avoid driving during heavy rains since the ensuing flood on the roads can cover pot holes and deeper craters which can make endanger road users.

  NATIONAL Light  appeals to people to stop dumping refuse inside sewages, waterways because they block the free flow of floods, given that the floods would have no alternative than to find its way on the roads; hence, constituting danger to motorists and even pedestrians who are compelled to wade through the raging flood.

  GOVERNMENT agencies that maintain roads on its part should promptly repair damaged potions of the roads and streets. Again, government should heed  the sanitation agencies because it has been proved that refuge disposal is a gargantuan duty in virtually all the urban, semi-urban and metropolis in Nigeria.

   SINCE health is wealth,  government should strive to make adequate provisions  to fund the sanitation agencies.

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