June 18, 2024

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Heavy flood’ll hit FCT, Lagos, Rivers, others from Sept 6 – NIHSA

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The Middle Niger of the River Niger Basin is currently
flooded and the magnitude of flood from this area is
expected to arrive in Nigeria through Kebbi State
around September 6, 2020 , the Nigeria Hydrological
Services Agency has predicted .
At least , 102 local government areas in 28 states fall
within the highly probable flood risk areas , according
to the agency .
It
said parts of 275 local government areas in the 36
states of the federation , including Abuja , were within
the moderately probable flood risk areas , while the
remaining 397 local government areas were within the
low probable flood risks areas .
The agency’ s Director- General , Clement Nze, told our
correspondent in Abuja that the NIHSA had received a
red alert about the looming flooding of the river from
Niamey in Niger Republic .
“ The red alert points to imminent river flooding in
Nigeria . Both the Kainji and Jebba dams have
commenced spilling water downstream , ” he said .
Providing an update on the development regarding
flood situations in the Niger Basin , Nze explained that
the River Niger Basin covered nine countries of Benin ,
Burkina Faso, Cameroon , Chad , Cote D’ Ivoire, Guinea ,
Mali , Niger and Nigeria .
He said Nigeria was at the lowest portion of the basin .
Nze added , “ This means that once the upper catchment
of the basin gets flooded , Nigeria should be prepared to
experience flooding incidents .
“ As of today, the Middle Niger of the Niger Basin made
up of Niger , Benin , Burkina Faso and part of Mali , have
been flooded . The flood levels at the hydrological
stations monitored in Niamey and Malanville ( Benin
Republic ) have got to the red alert zone .
“ Latest information received by the NIHSA from the
regional Niger Basin Authority headquarters in Niamey
had it that as of Sunday , August 23 , 2020 , the flood
level of the River Niger monitored in Niamey was 6 . 60
metres . ”
He said
the
current
development portended some level of concern for
Nigeria as there could be river flooding in the states
contiguous to the River Niger, namely: Kebbi , Niger,
Kwara , Nasarawa, Kogi , Anambra , Delta , Edo , Rivers
and Bayelsa.
“ This flood magnitude sighted in Niamey on August 23 ,
2020 , is expected to arrive in Nigeria through Kebbi
State around September 6 , 2020 , ” Nze added.

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