On Saturday, the Federal Government announced that 28 individuals have lost their lives, and 48,168 have been forced from their homes due to extensive flooding across the nation.
The government also alerted states to the impending risk of flooding along the River Benue due to the ongoing overflow of the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon, a situation that historically results in significant flooding in Nigeria. This information was conveyed by the National Emergency Management Agency during an emergency gathering with stakeholders in Abuja on that same Saturday.
Speaking at the meeting, the Director-General of NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed, said, “I wish to update you on the NEMA situation room dashboard which indicates that this year’s flood scenario has affected 159,157 people, resulted in the loss of 28 people and the displacement of 48,168 individuals in 13 states across Nigeria.”
Ahmed reported that the following states – Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Delta, Edo, Anambra, Enugu, Edo, Delta, Rivers, Nasarawa, and Bayelsa – have experienced the impact of the floods. Consequently, he urged the immediate mobilization of all emergency response units to ensure preparedness for any unforeseen emergencies, as the flooding is expected to worsen in the coming days.
“The update from NEMA is that the agency has been alerted to the sudden increased inundation of riparian communities and farmlands along the banks of River Niger in Adamawa, Taraba and Benue states in the past 48 hours.
“The sudden situation is attributed to the rapid release of water from Lagdo Dam in the Republic of Cameroon and has resulted in the displacement of several inhabitants of the affected communities,” he said.
He added, “Furthermore, croplands and valuable infrastructure are at risk of getting washed away by the flood waters. Situation reports from Adamawa State confirm the upsurge of flood waters along the flood plains of River Benue.
“The situation is expected to be replicated in downstream states of Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Anambra, Edo, Delta, and Bayelsa, as the River Benue joins River Niger and flows to the Atlantic Ocean through the Niger Delta.”
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