By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The Federal Government has warned of more impending flood disasters in Kogi, Anambra, Delta, Benue and Rivers states.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
He hinged his warning on the premise that the government of Niger Republic said it was releasing water from its dam which had reached the orange level.
According to him, that is an indication that there will be more flood into the river Niger downstream towards Kanji, Jabba and Lokoja confluence.
He said “Brief on the incident of flood. Niamey the capital of Niger Republic has put the country on alert. The levels of the River in Niamey has increased considerably and the country is at alert at the moment.
“That is an indication that there will be more flood into the river Niger downstream towards Kanji, Jabba and of course by the time you come down on confluence at Lokoja the situation will be compounding because you are already aware of the flood situation in Benue.
“The good thing is that we have an observatory in Niamey and another one in Lokoja to give us that real time, per second updates on the water level,”
He said the Federal government is monitoring the situation even as he briefed council on the efforts of his ministry in monitoring the situation.
While admitting that the government cannot stop the flooding, he added that they can provide early warning to reduce loss of lives and property.
He added that “Our consultation with NEMA, which is working closely with Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency which is an agency under the Ministry of Water Resources and if there is any indication that there is going to be a significant rise or is going to get to an emergency situation.
“We will be able to give an early warning to NEMA which is poise to to inform affected states along River Niger particularly Kogi, Anambra, Delta, Benue and Rivers.
“For now there is no cause for alarm but like I said we are monitoring the situation and it could very well become more drastic with more rains.
“I believe the most important thing is that we cannot stop the flooding but we can provide early warning and we ensure that we take safety measures to reduce lost of property and lost of life,” he stated.