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NIMET issues alert over increased dust haze conference

NIMET issues alert over increased dust haze conference

The Nigerian Me­teorological Agency (NIMET) has again issued an alert over in­crease in dust haze that would further deterio­rate horizontal visibilities across the country espe­cially over the north east­ern parts of the country.
By this, the expected re­duction in visibility due to harmattan dust haze may cause cancellation and de­lay of flights for the safety of air travellers, warning road users to be careful and avoid over speeding especially during the early morning period when horizontal visibility is mostly impaired.
It also warned that the harmattan dust haze has its attendant health impli­cations as people allergic to dust are advised to take necessary precautions and take their medications to alleviate its effect on their health
In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, the Agency ob­served that fresh dust over western Chad and South Eastern Niger Republic would cause further re­duction in horizontal vis­ibilities in most northern cities such as Kastina, Maiduguri, Kano, Gusau, Damaturu, Nguru, Bau­chi and Zaria to less than 1000m in about 10hours from time of issuance of the press statement
It disclosed that moder­ate visibility was already being reported over Mai­duguri, Kano, Nguru, Obudu, Asaba, Jos, Minna, Abuja, Makurdi, Gombe, Yelwa, Lagos, Akure and Awka.
The agency, however noted that a further reduc­tion in visibility is expect­ed over parts of the Cen­tral Cities such as Abuja, Minna, Bida, Lafia, Jos, Makurdi, Lokoja, in thick dust haze condition with visibilities of 1000m or less in the next 18 hours or less from time of issuance of the release.
It added that southern cities including Enugu, Asaba, Ibadan, Lagos, Akure, Owerri and Port Harcourt are also expected to still be under the influ­ence of thick to moder­ate dust haze (visibility 2-5km) and localised vis­ibility less than 1000m in the next 24hrs.

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