Federal Government yesterday ordered citizens living along the River Niger plains to evacuate immediately to avert another flood disaster. In a statement, Head of Public Relations, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yushau Shuaib, said this was necessary because the dams had attained their highest water levels in 29 years, which was unprecedented in the history of Jebba and Kainji Hydroelectric Power Dams.
He said the threat had created a high risk of imminent flooding in the downstream of the river, which was why the residents of the communities were urged to move to higher grounds for safety. It named the states at risk of the flood as Niger, Kogi, Kwara, Kebbi, Anambra and Delta. “Already, the agency has notified the affected states to take the necessary precautionary measures by relocating people from the flood prone areas. It has also activated the national contingency plan as well as alerted all stakeholders to take necessary actions in line with their various mandates.
The states are to ensure compliance with the threat to avert imminent loss of lives and property that would certainly arise in the event of flooding,” it warned. NEMA also said information available indicated that the gauge for monitoring the flow of water in the river had already exceeded the maximum height by over one meter. However, a rapid assessment team comprising officers of NEMA and the stakeholders had left for Jebba and Kainji to further inspect the situation.
Source: The SUN (Nigeria)