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See Nigerian states to witness massive flooding from Lagdo dam release

See Nigerian states to witness massive flooding from Lagdo dam release

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has identified states in Nigeria to be flooded, following the release of water from Lagdo dam in Cameroon.

The government agency identified Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi and Anambra as states likely to be flooded.

Others include Enugu, Edo, Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa states.

The Director-General, NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed, disclosed this at the National Emergency Coordination Forum, on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said the states, located at the downstream, must begin to take concerted effort to address and mitigate the impact of the impending flooding.

According to him, the meeting was necessitated by the notification received from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the modulated release of water from Lagdo dam in Cameroon.

He said the country had commenced release of water from the Dam at the rate of 200 cubic meters per second which is about 18 million cubic meter of water per day.

He said the release may result to all frontline states experiencing flooding in subsequent days and weeks.

“The states on the downstream of River Benue are Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Anambra, Enugu, Edo, Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa.

“Information available from the flow level of the River Benue at Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) gauging station at Makurdi stood at 8.97 meters as of August 25, 2023 compared to 8.80 meters on the same date in 2022.

“Also, NIHSA has provided that the flow level of River Niger system, especially at Niamey, Niger Republic, remains stable at a normal level of 4.30 meters.

“Similarly, inland dams including Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro reported consistent flow regimes,” he said.


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Faruk Khalil
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Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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