May 25, 2024

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, is calling on states and and local government authorities to evaluate their situation and take adequate precautions following the rapid release of water from Lagdo damp and flooding of communities along the banks of River Benue.

Director General, NEMA, Mustapha Habib, said the agency have been alerted on the increase displacement of communities and farm lands along the banks of River Niger in Adamawa, Taraba and Benue state.

The agency noted that nine states may be affected by the recent release of water from the dam which is expected to last till the end of this month.

This was disclosed yesterday by the Director General of NEMA,  Mustapha Ahmed, while giving an update on the release of water from Lagdo Dam and consequential flooding of communities along the banks of River Benue.

The states that may be affected are; Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Anambra, Edo, Delta, and Bayelsa States.

Ahmed said the recent release has led to the displacement of communities and could lead to the destruction of crops and other infrastructure.

The DG said: “NEMA has been alerted on sudden increased inundation of riverine communities and farmlands along the banks of River Niger in Adamawa, Taraba and Benue States in the past 48 hours.

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