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NiMET issues dust haze alert for Katsina, Kano and other northern states

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has issued a significant alert regarding a potential decrease in visibility across several northern states in Nigeria.

This reduction in visibility is attributed to the presence of dust haze, which has travelled into the country from neighbouring regions.  

This information is contained in a statement signed by Mr Muntari Ibrahim, NiMet’s General Manager of Public Affairs on Wednesday in Abuja.  

According to the statement, the source regions for this dust haze include areas such as Chad, including locations like Faya-Largeau, Bol-Berim, Mongo, Abeche, and Ndjamena.

These regions have been reporting horizontal visibility issues, with dust haze causing poor visibility between 1000 meters and 3000 meters over the past 24 hours. 

The situation is further compounded by strong winds that are facilitating the propagation of suspended dust particles into some states in the northern part of Nigeria.

As a result, the horizontal visibility in these states is expected to deteriorate even further.  

Specifically, NiMet has highlighted the following states as being at risk of experiencing dust haze with moderate to poor visibility in the next 24 hours: Katsina, Kano, Nguru, Jigawa, Potiskum, and Maiduguri. 

What the statement said:  

In response to this alert, NiMet strongly advises members of the public to take necessary precautions.  

The suspended dust particles in the atmosphere can have adverse effects on respiratory health, particularly for individuals with pre-existing respiratory ailments. Therefore, those with such conditions need to protect themselves and minimize exposure to the outdoor environment during these conditions.