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Nigeria Emergency Agency Gives Flood Alert As Cameroon Plans Release Of Water From Lagdo Dam

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has alerted state governments and communities along River Benue, of possible flood, following information from Cameroonian authorities on plans to release excess water from Lagdo Dam.

In a statement, Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, said the Cameroonian authorities in Garuoa have indicated that between now and November 2015, there would be routine release of water from the Lagdo Dam due to excessive amount of water presently contained in the facility.

Sidi said the authorities have also warned “all those living around the dam and along River Benue in Garoua up to Nigeria side to be at alert and be ready for evacuation in case of possible flooding.”

He called on the frontline state governors, state Emergency Management Agencies, first responders and relevant authorities to alert the communities at risk, prepare safe locations for possible evacuation and adequate preparedness.
The Director General said that the agency has dispatched the alert to the affected state governors and is following up with appropriate advocacy.

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The release of excess water from the dam in 2012 contributed to massive flooding of communities along the river. In 2013, the two countries reached an agreement that Cameroon should give early warning to enable Nigeria put in place proactive measure to prevent destruction of lives and properties. [myad]

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