Lagos - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Monday, warned residents of the southern parts of the country against severe weather which may result in unprecedented heavy rainfall.
The warning was contained in a statement signed by the Agency's Information Officer, Ibrahim Farinloye, stated that the rain might cause unforeseen stress to the populace.
The statement said the warning was based on the alert received from Niger Republic.
''NEMA is issuing this early warning based on alerts received from the "African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development based in Niamey, Niger Republic.
"The centre issued the warning about 4:35 p.m. (Monday) to other related countries that may likely witness such severe weather in Central, East and West African sub-regions.
"Lagos and its environs are expected to experience torrential rainfall which means that all stakeholders must be prepared to take all precautionary steps against leaving the warning unattended.
''On this premise, NEMA is passionately imploring all segments of Nigerian society in the southern part of Nigeria to take steps against exposing themselves to the dangers at hand," it stated.
Parents and teachers were urged to keep watchful eyes on their wards, while motorists were advised to exercise restraints against driving in the rain.
"If they wish to park, they should ensure not to stay inside the vehicle.
"Those living in the flood plains should relocate to higher places when they are experiencing heavy accumulation of flood water.
"They should call NEMA's Emergency Number -080022636432; 08160581814; 08067715203 or any police station nearest to them.
"NEMA is also using this medium to warn parents sending their wards on any errand, while the rain is falling, as well as stop dumping of refuse in the drains," it said.