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Edo State Government Alerts Residents of Potential Flooding, Urges Relocation

The Edo State Government has issued a stern warning to residents in lowland and riverine areas across the state to remain vigilant and consider relocating to higher ground due to an imminent risk of flooding. This advisory comes in light of the Cameroonian authorities’ plan to release controlled amounts of water into the River Niger from the Lagdo Dam.

Communities on alert include Agenebode in Etsako East Local Government Area (LGA), Anegbete in Etsako Central LGA, and Illushi in Esan South East LGA. Additionally, other riverine areas in Ikpoba Okha LGA, Ovia North-East LGA, and Ovia South-West LGA are also being cautioned.

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Chris Nehikhare, the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, conveyed the government’s concerns and instructions in a statement released in Benin City. The statement highlighted that the decision to release water from the Lagdo Dam was prompted by severe flooding resulting from heavy and continuous rainfall.

Nehikhare emphasized the need for residents in vulnerable areas to take the necessary precautions and consider relocating to higher ground for their safety. He stated, “Residents in lowlands and riverine areas… are hereby put on notice to be vigilant and relocate to higher plains.” The alert underscores the government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its citizens.

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Moreover, areas in Ikpoba Okha, Ovia North-East, and Ovia South-West are also being placed on high alert as part of the government’s proactive approach to disaster management.

The Edo State Government is prepared to extend support to those who may be displaced by the rising water levels due to the overflow of the River Benue. Recognizing the potential consequences of this natural event, the government has already taken steps to prepare suitable Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and to adequately inform and sensitize residents about the situation.

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