Cameroon Dam Unveiling Prompts Urgent Evacuation Warnings by Federal and State Governments for Flood-Prone Communities

Cameroon Dam Unveiling Prompts Urgent Evacuation Warnings by Federal and State Governments for Flood-Prone Communities

 

 

 

The recent discharge of a substantial amount of water from Cameroon’s Lagdo Dam has prompted Nigerian states along the River Benue’s path to prepare for potential flood disasters in their regions.

 

To prevent loss of life and damage caused by flooding, the states at risk have urged residents of flood-prone areas to relocate from these communities.

Officials from the National Emergency Management Agency have identified 11 states – Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Anambra, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, and Cross River – as likely to experience adverse effects from the dam’s release.

 

On Sunday, these states advised residents in vulnerable regions to evacuate promptly to ensure the safety of lives and valuable property. Cameroon has formally notified the Nigerian Federal Government about its intention to open the Lagdo Dam.

 

In an August 21, 2023 letter, Umar Salisu, Director of African Affairs at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, revealed that the ministry received a communication from the Cameroonian High Commission regarding the impending dam opening.

The communication specified that due to heavy rainfall in the dam’s catchment area in Northern Cameroon, the floodgates of the Lagdo Dam on the Benue River would be opened in the coming days.

 

The letter emphasized that water release would be carefully managed to mitigate potential damage to both the River Benue basin in Cameroon and Nigeria.

 

In light of this information, the letter urged the National Emergency Management Agency to take proactive measures to minimize harm and to educate residents in the affected areas about remaining vigilant and taking necessary precautions.

 

The Lagdo Dam, situated 50 kilometers south of Garoua city on the Benue River, frequently releases large amounts of water during overflow, leading to downstream flooding in various Nigerian states.

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