Several states are taking proactive measures to mitigate the potential impact of severe flooding as the Cameroonian government prepares to release water from the Lagdo Dam, News About Nigeria gathered.
The Cameroonian government issued a warning to Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), alerting them of the impending release and urging precautionary actions.
States such as Lagos, Benue, and Delta, which are susceptible to flooding caused by the release of water from the dam, have already initiated steps to safeguard lives and property. They have advised residents in flood-prone areas to relocate to higher ground.
Lagos State, in particular, is said to have been preparing extensively. Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), affirmed the state’s readiness to address any emergency resulting from potential flooding.
He emphasized that Lagos had bolstered its emergency management capabilities and had initiated canal clearance and local government readiness programs.
Benue State is also urging residents living on floodplains to vacate these areas. The Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) is intensifying awareness campaigns to prepare residents for the impending flood.
The agency emphasized the priority of ensuring people’s safety by relocating them to safer locations.
Meanwhile, Delta State is actively working to mitigate the effects of flooding by clearing drainages and demolishing illegal structures that block waterways.
The state government has also announced its willingness to set up internally displaced persons (IDP) camps if severe flooding occurs.
Bayelsa State has similarly taken steps to control flooding, including opening canals and water channels. The state government has called on the Federal Government to provide support in tackling the issue of flooding, particularly through river dredging.
The Cameroonian government’s decision to open the Lagdo Dam’s floodgates is in response to heavy rainfall in Northern Cameroon, aimed at reducing water levels caused by persistent rain.
They have assured that the release will be gradual to minimize damage along the River Benue basin in both Cameroon and Nigeria.
NEMA has emphasized that the warning about the dam release is not new, and they have been in communication with state governors regarding potential floods, including those from the Lagdo Dam.
NEMA’s spokesperson, Manzo Ezekiel, stated that the time has come for state governments to take action and collaborate with NEMA to secure lives and property.