- The NIHSA has asked the residents of Niger and six other states to prepare for more flooding
- The agency made the call in a statement signed by one of its officials, Clement Nze
- The agency recently announced that 380 local government areas in 35 states of the federation would experience flooding in 2018
The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency on Wednesday, August 29, warned Nigerians living by the banks of River Niger and its flood plains to immediately relocate over possible flooding.
The agency gave the warning in Abuja in a statement signed by Clement Nze, the agency’s Director of Engineering Hydrology, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Nze named the states likely to be affected to include Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Anambra, Delta, and Bayelsa.
He said the middle Niger portion of the Niger basin (Niger Republic) experienced high flows last week with the flood advancing into the Lower Niger (Nigeria).
NIHSA noted that both Kainji and Jebba Dams were already spilling water downstream with the level of water in Lokoja downstream of the confluence standing at 8.69m.
The agency stated: “This value has exceeded the corresponding value of 8.57m that occurred on Aug. 29, 2012. In the event that Shiroro Dam equally starts spilling water, it will portend more danger downstream.“
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the NIHSA announced that 380 local government areas in 35 states of the federation would experience flooding in 2018.
The agency said that flooding will be high in 78 local government areas, adding that the situation will not be severe like what was experienced in the country in 2012, Punch reports.
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