Panic across Nigeria as flood threatens

By Alex Abutu, Abuja; Hope Abah, Makurdi; Christiana T. Alabi, Kaduna; Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja; Romok

At the beginning of the year, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) released its 2015 annual rainfall pattern predicting slightly above average rainfall for some parts of Nigeria. Barely three months into the wet season, states have started witnessing massive flooding akin to what happened in 2012. Daily Trust on Saturday reports on the issue along the looming release of water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon.

The Cameroonian government last week notified Nigeria of her intention to release water from the Lagdo Dam that was responsible for unleashing mayhem on Nigerians in 2012. The release led to flooding that killed 363 people and displaced over 2.1 million people in 30 states.

The information was conveyed to Nigerians by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) that alerted states and communities along River Benue of possible flood following the impending release of excess water from Lagdo Dam.