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Delta State Government Issues Warning as Cameroon’s Lagdo Dam Releases Water, Sets Up Flood Disaster Management Committee

The Delta State Government has issued a stern warning to residents residing in low-lying and flood-prone areas to swiftly relocate to higher ground, anticipating an impending flood. The alarm is triggered by the recent release of water from Cameroon’s Lagdo Dam into the Rivers Niger and Benue. The announcement comes in light of earlier advisories from the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency and aims to safeguard the lives and properties of those dwelling in areas susceptible to flooding.

In an official statement signed by Festus Ahon, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Sheriff Oborevwori, the state government underscores its commitment to citizen welfare amidst this flood threat. The governor has sanctioned the establishment of a 14-member Flood Disaster Management Committee, chaired by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kingsley Emu. This committee will play a pivotal role in alleviating potential challenges caused by the imminent flood.

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The committee’s primary duties involve conducting vigorous public awareness campaigns to inform residents about the impending flood and proposing effective preventive and management measures. It also addresses the displacement of individuals due to flooding, while suggesting strategies for providing relief materials to those affected.

According to the statement, “The Delta State Government has been informed that the authorities of Lagdo Dam in Cameroon will be releasing modulated amounts of water into the River Benue and River Niger due to flooding caused by torrential rainfall.”

The state government pledges support to individuals displaced from their homes due to rising water levels caused by the overflow of the River Benue and River Niger. Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s proactive steps include the establishment of the Flood Disaster Management Committee to ensure adequate assistance for those uprooted from their homes. The committee will facilitate the establishment of Internally Displaced Persons camps in proximity to affected areas to provide a safe haven for those impacted by the flood.

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Citizens residing in the vulnerable zones are urged to reach out for assistance via the provided helpline numbers: 08064137841 and 08037200696. These avenues will connect affected individuals with government intervention and support services in the event of flooding emergencies.

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