Agency warns Edo, Delta, Anambra, others over flooding
Following the release of water from Lagdo dam in Cameroun, the Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency (NHSA) has warned Edo Anambra, Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers states to brace up for more flooding.
The Camerounian authorities were said to have breached an agreement entered with Nigeria in 2015 wherein they were to give prior notice to their neighbours before the release of excess water from the facility.NHSA’s Director General, Clement Nze, during a press conference yesterday in Abuja claimed that the Camerounian government ignored several letters requesting if it was going to release water, only to reply last week that it had been emptying the content of the Lagdo dam between October 10 and 31.
He said the action was responsible for the devastating flooding in Adamawa, Taraba, Benue and Kogi states.Nze said: “(The) NHSA wishes to advise the states downstream of Kogi, Edo, Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa, Anambra to be on red alert. The river flooding that occurred in Adamawa, Taraba, Benue and Kogi states will still find its way through the states before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.”
The NHSA boss disclosed that as at yesterday, the flood level on River Benue was 11.28 metres as against the nine meters in 2012 while the corresponding flood level downstream the confluence of the two rivers in Lokoja was 10.98 metres as against the 8.04 metres in 2012, explaining that 2012 had been taken as reference year given the magnitude of the flood that period.He, however, advised the states placed on red alert to identify communities bordering River Niger and make plans for timely evacuation of the people to safe and higher grounds.Nze hinted that both Kainji and Jubba dams on River Niger still have excess water downstream, contributing to the rising level of water in River Niger.
He noted that the precarious location of Nigeria downstream eight other countries that make up the Niger Basin was put it in a disadvantageous position due to the quantum of water it is exposed to.The NHSA DG added that the release of water from Oyan dam to safeguard its structure has also been responsible for the current inundation in parts of Lagos and Ogun states, adding that coastal and urban overflow had also been wreaking havoc in sections of Ondo and Lekki.
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