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WARNING! Full List Of States That Might Experience Heavy Flooding As Cameroon Opens Dam



The release of huge volumes of water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon has made states along the path of River Benue in Nigeria brace up for possible flood disasters in their various domains.

To prevent deaths and other disasters associated with floods, states that are likely to be affected have asked residents of flood-prone areas to vacate such communities.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency officials, no fewer than 11 states including;

  • Adamawa
  • Taraba
  • Benue
  • Nasarawa
  • Kogi
  • Anambra
  • Edo
  • Delta
  • Bayelsa
  • Rivers
  • Cross River are likely to feel the negative impacts of the opening of the dam.

The states on Sunday advised such residents to leave the areas to avoid impacts on human lives and valuable assets.

The announcement led the nation’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to serve a notice on the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA).


WARNING! Full List Of States That Might Experience Heavy Flooding As Cameroon Opens Dam


In a letter signed by the Director African Affairs, Ambassador Umar Salisu on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Director General of NEMA, was put on notice of the decision of Cameroon.

The letter titled: “Cameroonian Officials to Open the Flood Gates of the Lagdo Dam on the Benue River in Cameroon,” read: “I have the honour to inform that the Ministry is in receipt of a Note Verbale from the High Commission of the Republic of Cameroon informing that Cameroonian officials have resolved to open the flood gates of the Lagdo Dam on the Benue River in days ahead due to the heavy rainfall around the Dam catchment area in Northern Cameroon”.

Salisu said: “According to the Note, it is pertinent to note that when the release of water becomes necessary, the authorities of the Lagdo Dam will be releasing only modulated variable small amount of water at a time in order to mitigate and avoid damages that the released water may cause along the River Benue basin in both Cameroon and in Nigeria.

“In view of the above, it would be appreciated if the esteemed Agency takes all the necessary proactive steps and actions that will mitigate the damage as well as sensitize the populace living in such areas for vigilance and all necessary precautions.”

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has allayed fears of Nigerians about the situation.

The spokesman of the agency, Manzo Ezekiel, said: “However, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) wishes to allay fears of Nigerians over the planned release of the excess water from Lagdo dam, which is located on River Benue in the Republic of Cameroon.

“The Agency is working with critical stakeholders at the Federal, States, and Local Governments to ensure that the release will not cause much negative impacts on the low-lying communities along the states that would be affected.”

“The states on the downstream of River Benue are Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Anambra, Enugu, Edo, Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa States.”

“The Agency envisaged this release of excess water from the Lagdo dam, taken note of the likely impacts and considered in the preparations for mitigation and response to the 2023 flood alert.”


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