Planned release of excess water from Lagdo Dam in Cameroon will likely lead to flooding in states along the River Benue, National Emergency Management Agency has warned.
NEMA says the alert is imperative after a similar incident led to massive flooding which resulted in loss of lives and property back in twenty twelve.
In a statement, NEMA’s Director General, Muhammad Sidi, said the draining exercise by the Cameroonian authorities in Garuoa, would be taking place between August and November.
“All those living around the dam and along River Benue in Garoua up to Nigeria side should be alert and be ready for evacuation in case of possible flooding,”
Mr. Sidi urged states along River Benue to prepare for the effect on the communities.
“Governors of the concerned states should put safety measures in place and be prepared for possible evacuation of their citizens ahead of the planned release of excess water from Lagdo Dam.”
NEMA DG said Cameroon is complying with an agreement reached after the last flooding experience in the country.
“Consequently, in 2013, the two countries (Nigeria and Cameroon) reached an agreement that Cameroon was to give early warning to enable Nigeria put in place proactive measures to prevent destruction of lives and property.” Mr. Sidi said.