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9 States in Nigeria might experience heavy Floods as Cameroon opens Lagdo Dam



The states of Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Anambra, Edo, Delta and Bayelsa may experience major flooding as neigbouring country Cameroon plans to open up her Lagdo Dam.

The nine states are surrounded by the River Benue which might witness an upsurge in water levels with the opening of Lagdo Dam.

The notice of the opening of the dam was communicated to Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs by it’s Cameroonian counterpart.

The announcement led the nation’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to serve a notice on the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA).

In a letter signed by the Director African Affairs, Ambassador Umar Salisu on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Director General of NEMA, was put on notice of the decision of Cameroon.

The letter titled: “Cameroonian Officials to Open the Flood Gates of the Lagdo Dam on the Benue River in Cameroon,” read: “I have the honour to inform that the Ministry is in receipt of a Note Verbale from the High Commission of the Republic of Cameroon informing that Cameroonian officials have resolved to open the flood gates of the Lagdo Dam on the Benue River in days ahead due to the heavy rainfall around the Dam catchment area in Northern Cameroon.

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Salisu said: “According to the Note, it is pertinent to note that when the release of water becomes necessary, the authorities of the Lagdo Dam will be releasing only modulated variable small amount of water at a time in order to mitigate and avoid damages that the released water may cause along the River Benue basin in both Cameroon and in Nigeria.

“In view of the above, it would be appreciated if the esteemed Agency takes all the necessary proactive steps and actions that will mitigate the damage as well as sensitize the populace living in such areas for vigilance and all necessary precautions.”

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