Heavy Rains: FG Warns States Around River To Prepare For Flood

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LAGOS AUGUST 28TH 9NEWSRANGERS)-As the rains gradually inch to the peak, the Federal Government has warned Nigerians to get prepared for flood, especially in states around River Benue.

The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Professor Joesph Terlumun- Utsev gave this warning at a news conference in Abuja, yesterday.

 Prof. Utsev noted that though the volume of water had not increased he stressed the need for adequate preparation in order to reduce loss of lives and property.

“In light of the aforementioned factors, it is imperative for all levels of government—federal, state, and local to heighten the level of preparedness and deploy appropriate measures to minimize the potential impact of flooding during the peak of the rainy season” Professor Utsev stressed.

 The minister explained that despite the heightened flow volume along the River Benue system, the flow situation at the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers in Lokoja, Kogi State, remains within normal parameters. 

He said the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA, had, however, maintained a professional and organizational relationship with Cameroon’s National Hydrological Services to exchange information on water releases.

“The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency has noted an increase in the volume of flow along the River Benue system, registering a flow level of 8.97 meters as of today. This is compared to a flow level of 8.80 meters on the same date in 2022, the flow level on the River Niger system remains stable, with the level of the River Niger at Niamey, Niger Republic, standing at a normal level of 4.30 meters,” he said.

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