Friday, August 7, 2015

Lagdo Dam Water Flow: NEMA warns State Governments, Communities along River Benue to beware


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has alerted the state governments and communities along River Benue of possible flood following information from Cameroonian authorities to release excess water from Lagdo Dam.

The Director – General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi in his statement over the issue said that the Cameroonian authorities in Garuoa have indicated that between now and November 2015, there would be routine release of water from the Lagdo Dam due to excessive amount of water presently contained in the dam.

Sani Sidi also noted that the authorities have warned all those living around the dam and along River Benue in Garoua up to the Nigerian side to be on alert and ready for evacuation in case of possible flooding.

He further called on the frontline State Governors, State Emergency Management Agencies, first respondents and relevant authorities to alert the communities at risk, prepare safe locations for possible evacuation and adequate preparedness. He disclosed that the agency has dispatched the information to the effected State Governors. Adding that it is following up with appropriate advocacy.

The NEMA Boss recalled that the release of excess water from the dam in 2012 contributed to massive flooding of communities along the river; saying in 2013, the two countries reached an agreement that Cameroun should give early warning to enable Nigeria put in place proactive measures towards preventing destruction of lives and properties


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