Black rain fell in Otuoke, the host community of Federal University, Otuoke, FUO. The rain which fell in the early hours of October 20th, 2021 was unlike any witnessed in the Otuoke community as the colour of the water coming down was black.
Black rain is rain blackened by gathering in its fall particles of smoke, black fungus spores, or atmospheric dust. It is a rain that is exceptionally dark, dense, or dirty.
The rain which did not last up to 30 minutes ended up leaving residents of Otuoke with questions.
Most residents are in agreement that this is the first of its kind in the community. There are also rumours going around that the water from the rain is acidic and that there’s a possibility that it can cause harm to human health. The cause of the colouration and the effects of it are yet to be unravelled.
However, there are rumours being posted in several social media platforms that local bunkering activities must have contributed to the black rain. An instablog comment reads: “It has to do with black smoke from oil flaring operation which mixes with rain causing the black rain . Very common in oil producing areas where pollution is common”.
There hasn’t been any available assertion from any local expert in this area suggesting the scientific causes of the black rain.
Meanwhile, dust as a causative factor is arguable as the black rain fell in a core rainy season where the rains are still very much high.
More updates coming soon as efforts are in place to get to experts who can explain the reason behind the black rainfall.
Ese Odiri Richard reporting for FUO_Latest_News