National Orientation Agency (NOA) Raises Alarm over Looming Flood

Written by on September 22, 2022

As the operators of Lagdo Dam in Cameroon commence the discharge of excess water from its reservoir, with the likelihood of 14 states being flooded in Nigeria, the National Orientation Agency (NOA), has ordered its grassroots mobilisation officers to begin sensitisation of communities in the frontline states to relocate immediately.

Director-General of the agency- Dr. Garba Abari, in a statement, noted that already, the Nigeria Hydrological Agency (NIHSA), had predicted the flooding and its consequential damage to many communities on the coast of River Niger and Benue.

He expressed regrets that in 2012, flooding had damaged some roads in the North Central and North East regions of the country, leading to the destruction and displacement of many communities.

According to him, based on the reports received, the Lagdo Dam operators in the Republic of Cameroon commenced the release of excess water from the reservoir on the 13th of September 13, 2022; adding that the released water cascades down to Nigeria through River Benue through its tributaries, thereby inundating communities that have been already impacted by heavy rainfall

According to him, based on the reports from NIHSA, the Kainji and Jebba Dams have already started spilling excess water from their reservoirs. He noted that Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Niger, Nasarawa, Enugu, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger Delta, Edo, Delta, Cross-River, and Bayelsa States among other states may be affected.


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