NEMA responds to flood alert in Benue State

Danielle Bem-Sar, Makurdi

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National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has visited the Benue State Emergency Management Agency ( BSEMA) and convened an emergency stakeholders meeting to address the issue of an impending flood in the state.

The flood threat that is likely to occur as Cameroonian authorities released excess water from the Lagdo dam, and heavy rainfall that is forecasted to come shortly.

The Representative of NEMA, Benjamin Ogehena during the emergency stakeholder’s meeting held with relevant stakeholders revealed that the indices that caused the Floods of 2012 are all present in their findings.

Mr. Ogehena stressed that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, (NIMET )has predicted more rainfall in the week across the nation which may likely lead to high flooding from upper catchment of the Niger Basin saying the decision to meet with Benue SEMA was a follow-up of the NEMA stakeholders meeting held last Friday in Abuja.

Reacting, the Director Research, Planning and Statistics BSEMA, Mr Ralph Nduul stated that Benue has swung into action on preparedness and response since the early warnings and signs last month as the State government has set up a Tasks Force on flood, involving Stakeholders.

It was estimated that by Thursday 13th September, Benue State would start to experience heavy floods as the height of Water had reached 9.79mm as at Sunday.

People living along water channels have been advised to relocate to safer areas.