Flood displaces Nigerians as Cameroon opens dams

The operators of Lagdo Dam, in the Republic of Cameroon, have opened up the dam for the release of excess water. With the recent rainfall witnessed in Nigeria, coupled with the opening of the dam, over 100,000 Nigerians have been displaced, at least 300 killed and more than 500,000 others affected in the past few months.
Data released in Abuja, on Monday, by the National Emergency Management Agency and the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, at an emergency technical meeting on flood situation across the country disclosed this.
“Based on our communication with NIHSA, the Lagdo Dam operators in the Republic of Cameroon, had commenced the release of excess water from the reservoir on September 13, 2022,” the Director-General, NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed, stated while speaking at the meeting.
He added, “We are aware that the released water cascades down into Nigeria, through River Benue and its tributaries, thereby overwhelming communities that have already been impacted by heavy rainfall.
“The released water complicates the situation further downstream, as Nigeria’s inland reservoirs including Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro, are also expected to overflow between now and October ending.


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