Drought Bulletin MARCH|2012
The substantial rainfall witnessed in February at some parts of the country particularly in the South turned out to be a false start of rains as the intensity significantly dropped. Normal condition continued to dominate the rest of the country especially over the North while mild to severe dry conditions persisted over the Southern part of the country.
The analysis of the cumulative 6-month SPI shows little threat to groundwater aquifers in some Northern parts of the country particularly over Minna, Maiduguri and parts of Potiskum. This is due to mild dry condition over these areas except for places like Kano, Nguru, Makurdi, Ibi, parts of Yola and Bauchi that were characterized with mild to severe wetter conditions. Notwithstanding, residents of these wetter areas are still advised to tap the available resource with caution in order to forestall its possible depletion. Normal to severe wet conditions prevailed in the South except for places like Enugu, Owerri, Port Harcourt and parts of Warri that experienced mild dry condition (Fig. 3).