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National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) has again  forecast on areas
likely to be affected with  good
projection request States Emergency Management to be proactive this time, says
likely state includes Anambra, Abia, Delta, and Bayelsa states.

The forecast projection came as  warning came barely 24 hours after the Niger
Basin Authority (NBA) released an alert on River Niger to the effect that
further rise in water level in Niger Republic would spread to Benin Republic,
then Kainji Dam in Nigeria.
Prior to the flood alert, major dams
in the country, including Shiroro, Kainji and Jebba, had reportedly been full
and spilling water.
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The NEMA Director General, Mustapha
Maihaja, during a stakeholders’ meeting on the flood situation yesterday in
Abuja noted that Nigeria was facing an imminent disaster and there was the need
for the state governments to be prepared for any eventuality.
According to him, about 27 states
have been affected by flood while windstorm and rainstorm have affected 10
states in the country, adding that over 40,161 people have been displaced.
The DG expressed regret that the
State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) lack adequate capacity and
preparedness to address the disaster if it eventually happens.
The Director of Engineering
Hydrology, Clem Onyeaso, explained that NBA issued the alert on September 7,
2017 and it would take nine days for the water to come into Nigeria.
Pointing out that Abia, Anambra,
Imo, Rivers and Bayelsa states are all part ways for River Niger to pass before
it empties into the Atlantic Ocean, Onyeaso said those states were already
confronted with coastal flooding and any additional water would spell doom for
the people.
On the Benue River axis, he said
that there was no cause for alarm yet as water was still being impounded in
Lagdo Dam in Cameroon, adding that if water was released from the dam, the
entire country would be engulfed in managing flood.
He expressed regret that the country
has only 200 dams, which are not enough to dam all the rivers to curtail flood.
“China alone has more than 1000 large earth dams, even Ghana has well above 700
dams but Nigeria that is on the downstream of a large river does not have
adequate dams to checkmate flood.”
He called on government to provide
dams for all the rivers and move people away from flood-prone areas.

The Director General of the Nigerian
Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Abubakar Mashi, warned that there might be flash
flood in Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Nassarawa, Plateau and the entire
south-south and south-east states.

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