In response to the release of water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a warning to states located downstream of Nigeria regarding the risk of flooding.
Revealing this at the National Emergency Coordination Forum meeting in Abuja, NEMA Director-General, Mustapha Ahmed, said that these states must make adequate efforts to address and cushion the impact of the flood.
According to Ahmed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received a notice on the commencement of release of water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon at a rate of 200 cubic meters per second which totals to about 18 million cubic meters of water per day, which will result in the flooding of all the frontline states in the coming weeks
The Director-General said that indigenes of flood-prone communities should be evacuated to safer destinations and that this requires the involvement of all the stakeholders involved so as to avert the effects of the disaster.
He called on Nigerians to remain calm as the agency, in collaboration with other government partners, will continue to provide relief, including food and non-food items, to affected people in the IDP camps and host communities.
According to NEMA, the states facing the threat of being flooded are Enugu, Edo, Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa, Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Anambra, and Adamawa states.