FLOOD ALERT: NEMA Warns As Cameroon Set To Release Water From Lagdo Dam

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

Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani-Sidi, who announced this on Thursday in Abuja, said 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 said the authorities have also warned all those living around the dam and along River Benue in Garoua up to Nigeria side to be on the alert and be ready for evacuation in case of possible flooding.

He therefore called on the frontline state governors, State Emergency Management Agencies, first respondents and relevant authorities to be on the alert and inform the communities at risk as well as prepare safe locations for possible evacuation and adequate preparedness.

Sani-Sid also said NEMA has dispatched the alert to the effected state governors and is following up with appropriate advocacy.

The release of excess water from the Cameroonian dam in 2012 contributed to massive flooding of communities along the River Benue and as a result, the two countries reached an agreement in 2013 that Cameroun was to give early warning to enable Nigeria put in place proactive measures to prevent destruction of lives and properties.




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