Flooding, said to be Nigeria's worst in decades, has led a diverse array of animals, some dangerous, to invade inundated homes.
The flooding, which has killed hundreds of people, and forced hundreds of thousands to flee, has also displaced wildlife, such as hippopotamuses, crocodiles and poisonous snakes. Some have found their way into flooded, abandoned buildings, the BBC News website said on Wednesday.
One Benue state resident told BBC, "there is a hippopotamus in [my] house. I hope that when it is tired, it will leave my home."
People in flooded areas were being warned against returning to their homes, owing to the danger posed by "dangerous animals."
Seasonal rains across the Sahel of central and west Africa have been unusually heavy. Senegal, Niger and Cameroon, as well as Nigeria, have reported flooding, some serious, beginning in July.
Flooding has hit Nigeria's major rivers, namely the Niger and the Benue, unusually hard.
Farmland has been devastated.
The region's rainy season is centered upon the summer months.
An eastern Nigeria reach of the lower Benue River, grossly swollen by abnormal summer rains in 2012. Satellite image dated Sept. 8. (NASA/Earth Observatory)
The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!