Tuesday, 19 September 2017 08:12

Flooding in Kogi: Over 10,000 People Evacuated

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The Niger Basin Authority (NBA) has warned locals of forthcoming mass flooding in Nigeria. Plenty of people will be evacuated.

The Niger Basin Authority is a particular regional body which includes nine African countries. Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger, Cameroon, Guinea, Mali, and Nigeria.

According to the agency`s statement, any progressive boost of water levels might have far-reaching impacts on both local people and property in flood areas. The NBA will keep on monitoring the situation and give people all the necessary information as it developed.

Moses Beckley, the head of Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, informed that Nigeria must be expecting more floods of the scale analogous to that of 2012. According to him the flood in Nigeria would be above average level. Flood will arrive in Nigeria in about three days after the alert.

He also added that the Kainji and the Jebba dams, which were purposely built to direct the flow of water from upstream, are ready to meet the flood. “I consider that they will be able to hold that water. The dams can release this water that it does not cause any destruction downstream,” informed Moses Beckley.

For the time being, over 10,000 people in Kogi have already been evacuated following the massive flooding after the Benue and Niger Rivers overflew their banks a few days ago. Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the governor, told journalists that the state was in terrible need of humanitarian help.

He added that the flood submerged thousand of houses in Ibaji and Lokoja areas.

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