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Lagdo Dam: NOA seeks sustained flood sensitisation in frontline states

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 The National Orientation Agency NOA has called for urgent sensitisation in communities in the frontline states to relocate immediately as the operators of Lagdo Dam in Cameroon have began the discharge of excess water from its reservoir with a likely flooding of 14 states in Nigeria The Director General of the agency Dr Garba Abari made the call following the alert already issued by the Nigeria Hydrological Agency NIHSA with prediction of consequential damage to many communities on the coast of River Niger and Benue He recalled the 2012 flooding which cut off some roads in some parts of the North Central and North East regions of the country and displaced many communities The report from NIHSA indicate that the Lagdo dam operators in the Republic of Cameroun have commenced the release of excess water from the reservoir by Sept 13 We are aware that the released water cascades down to Nigeria through River Benue through its tributaries thereby inundating communities that have been already impacted by heavy precipitation The released water complicates the situation further downstream as Nigeria inland reservoirs including Kainji Jebba and Shiroro are expected to overflow between now and October ending According to Abari NIHSA has also reported that Kainji and Jebba dams have already started spilling excess water from their reservoirs This will have serious consequences on frontline states and communities along the courses of Rivers Niger and Benue These States include Adamawa Taraba Benue Niger Nasarawa Enugu Kebbi and Kogi Others include the Niger Delta states of Edo Delta Anambra Cross River Rivers and Bayelsa States he said The director general urged NOA directors to create awareness on the need for State Governments to identify safe high grounds for evacuation of communities at risk preposition adequate stockpiles of food and non food items Others he said are portable water and hygiene and provide safety and security to enable them have fair level of comfort during periods of possible displacement He urged the Community Orientation Officers to identify other partners that will help to support communities at risk with necessary information that will assist them to move to safety NewsSourceCredit NAN
Lagdo Dam: NOA seeks sustained flood sensitisation in frontline states

1 The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called for urgent  sensitisation in communities in the frontline states to relocate immediately as the operators of Lagdo Dam in Cameroon have began the discharge of excess water from its reservoir with a likely flooding of 14 states in Nigeria

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2 The Director -General of the agency, Dr Garba Abari, made the call following the alert already issued by the Nigeria Hydrological Agency (NIHSA) with prediction of consequential damage to many communities on the coast of River Niger and Benue.

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3 He recalled the 2012 flooding which cut off some roads in some parts of the North Central and North East regions of the country and displaced many communities.

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4 ”The report from NIHSA indicate that the Lagdo dam operators in the Republic of Cameroun have commenced the release of excess water from the reservoir by Sept. 13.

5 “We are aware that the released water cascades down to Nigeria through River Benue through its tributaries, thereby inundating communities that have been already impacted by heavy precipitation.

6 “The released water complicates the situation further downstream as Nigeria inland reservoirs, including Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro are expected to overflow between now and October ending”.

7 According to Abari, NIHSA has also reported that Kainji and Jebba dams have already started spilling excess water from their reservoirs.

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9 “This will have serious consequences on frontline states and communities along the courses of Rivers Niger and Benue.

10 “These States include Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Niger, Nasarawa, Enugu, Kebbi and Kogi.

11 “Others include the Niger Delta states of Edo, Delta, Anambra, Cross-River, Rivers and Bayelsa States,” he said.

12 The director-general urged NOA directors to create awareness on the need for State Governments to “identify safe high grounds for evacuation of communities at risk, preposition adequate stockpiles of food and non-food items.

13 Others, he said, are portable water and hygiene and provide safety and security to enable them have fair level of comfort during periods of possible displacement.

14 He urged the Community Orientation Officers to identify other partners that will help to support communities at risk with necessary information that will assist them to move to safety.

15 NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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