The federal government has issued a warning that additional floods were imminent in the nation, following the catastrophic flooding that affected over 2.5 million people and was caused by the Cameroonian government’s release of water from the Lagdo Dam.
Of this total, 603 people perished, 2,407 were injured, and 1.3 million were displaced. At a news conference on Sunday in Abuja, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, disclosed these numbers.
She declared that Nigeria and Cameroon would meet to discuss the Lagdo Dam’s water flow.
“However, we must initiate a bilateral discussion with authorities in Cameroon in November on the periodic opening of the Lagdo dam. The delegation to Cameroon is to be led by the permanent secretary of the ministry, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be requested to facilitate the meeting,” Ms Farouq stated.
After revealing that roughly 121,318 dwellings were partially damaged, 82,053 houses were damaged, 108,392 hectares of farmlands were partially damaged, and 332,327 hectares of farmlands were destroyed, Ms. Farouq encouraged state governments to make more of an effort to evacuate flood victims to higher ground.
“While we mourn the unfortunate boat mishap in Anambra and other locations, please, we must note that we are not completely out of the woods,” Ms Farouq said.
She claimed that according to weather predictions, flooding is still possible in Anambra, Delta, Cross River, Rivers, and Bayelsa through the end of November.
“So, we are calling on the respective state governments, LGAs and communities to prepare by evacuating people living on flood plains to high grounds, providing tents and relief materials, fresh water as well as medical supply for a possible outbreak of water-borne diseases,” the minister warned.
The seasonal climate forecast for 2022 was provided by NiMet on February 15 and warned Nigerians that rains would be longer and heavier. The Annual Flood Outlook was published by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency on May 12.
According to Ms. Farouq, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) issued two releases following which it issued flood warnings and preparedness recommendations in order to lessen losses and damages.