Leave Immediately, River Niger Will Soon Overflow – NEMA Warns Nearby Communities


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Following intense rainfall and rise in
water level, the National Emergency
Management Agency, NEMA, has
advised communities along the river
Niger to evacuate immediately to safer
ground as a result of the likelihood of floods that may occur, any moment
from now.
Director General of NEMA, Muhammad
Sani Sidi who gave the advice on
Saturday said the agency has received
alerts of the flood from information given by the authorities in the
Republic of Niger that the present
water level in the river had reached a
point that may result in the flood that
could be compared with the
unfortunate experience of 2012. He said “Niger Basin Authority (NBA)
notified Nigeria that rainy season,
which started in the Middle Niger
(Burkina Faso and Niger Republic) in
June, 2016, has led to a gradual rise of
the level of River Niger in Niamey, Niger Republic. This high level of water
in Niger Republic is already spreading
to Benin Republic, and invariably, to
Nigeria”.
He disclosed that the level of water in
all the hydrological monitoring stations across the country, as at
Friday August, 2016, had already
exceeded the corresponding values at
that time, which was an alarming
situation that required the prompt and
coordinated action of all governments and stakeholders.
“If the heavy rainfall continues in
intensity and duration within these
regions of the River Niger, it is
imminent that flood situation similar to
that of the year 2012 may occur”, he added.m
The NEMA DG then called on all
stakeholders to take necessary actions
in line with their various mandates.
He added that, “The states and local
government are to ensure observance with the threat in order to avert
imminent loss of lives and properties
that might certainly arise in the event
of flood.”
Sidi identified the states along the river
Niger belts as being the most vulnerable as well as those along its
major tributaries that includes Benue
river belts, the confluence states and
downstream to the Atlantic Coast.
NEMA Zonal and Operation offices, he
noted, have been instructed to continue with advocacy visit to the
state governments and also urged the
state to utilize the flood vulnerability
maps given to them earlier by NEMA to
identify safer ground for temporary
shelters in time of evacuation as well as reviewing all their contingency
plans.