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Fear as massive flood to hit Nigeria as Cameroon set to open dam

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a warning to Nigerians about an impending flood caused by the opening of the Lagdo Dam on the Benue River in Cameroon.

Ambassador Umar Salisu, Director of African Affairs, confirmed in a statement that both Nigeria and Cameroon will be affected by the flood due to the controlled release of water from the dam.

Consequently, NEMA has urged organizations involved in flood mitigation to educate the public and encourage their participation in related activities.

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, the statement read.

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, it added.

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