By Charles Igwe
The Anambra State Government has issued a warning to its residents to remain vigilant and take preemptive actions in light of the anticipated flood risk arising from the release of excess water from Cameroon’s Lagdo Dam. Christian Aburime, the Press Secretary to Governor Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, stressed the importance of preparedness and awareness to avert potential disaster.
Aburime highlighted the paramount significance of the safety of Anambra residents, emphasizing that the state government, under Governor Soludo’s leadership, has already implemented measures to mitigate the potential impact of flooding. The State Emergency Management Agency has urged people in flood-prone areas to relocate to designated Internally Displaced Peoples camps.
“As the annual release of excess water from Cameroon’s Lagdo Dam is upon us, there is a looming threat of severe flooding that could endanger lives, homes, and livelihoods in vulnerable areas in Nigeria,” the statement read.
Aburime explained that the annual discharge of excess water from the Lagdo Dam is intended to manage reservoir levels during the rainy season. This discharge can lead to higher water levels in the Benue River and its tributaries, potentially causing floods in downstream areas, including Anambra State.
Given the catastrophic incident of last year, where communities experienced significant destruction and losses due to flooding, the state government is taking proactive measures to mitigate this year’s flood impact. A flood committee led by the Deputy Governor, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim, has initiated contingency plans and risk management strategies.
Aburime emphasized that residents in flood-prone areas have been duly advised to relocate promptly, with a focus on assisting vulnerable groups such as the elderly, women, and children. Sensitization efforts are in progress, with local authorities and churches disseminating crucial information to affected communities.
An appeal was made to residents to promptly follow evacuation orders when issued and to rely on the state’s emergency response teams for assistance during the flood. The Anambra State Government’s commitment to the safety and well-being of its residents remains steadfast.