Photo taken on July 11, 2015 shows farmlands submerged by flood water in Qiantan Village, Sanmen County of east China's Zhejiang Province. The approaching Typhoon Chan-Hom has brought gales and rainstorms to Zhejiang Province, east China, forcing hundreds of flights to be canceled and highways to be closed, local authorities said Saturday. (Xinhua/Xu Yu) (zwx)
Photo taken on July 11, 2015 shows farmlands submerged by flood water in Qiantan Village, Sanmen County of east China's Zhejiang Province. The approaching Typhoon Chan-Hom has brought gales and rainstorms to Zhejiang Province, east China, forcing hundreds of flights to be canceled and highways to be closed, local authorities said Saturday. (Xinhua/Xu Yu) (zwx)

Nigeria issued a flood alert Thursday calling on some of its states linking the River Benue to prepare for excess flow of water which might occur for the next three months.

floodThe country’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the warning became imperative as Cameroonian authorities have announced a plan to release excess water from its Lagdo Dam between this month and November.
This implies that when the water is released, it will flow pass Garoua, a port city in Cameroon and the capital of the country’s north region which lies on Nigeria’s River Benue.

“All those living around the dam and along River Benue in Garoua up to Nigeria side should be alert and be ready for evacuation in case of possible flooding,” the safety agency said via a statement.

Over the years, water released from the Lagdo Dam created flood in Nigeria and Cameroon. In 2012, however, the draining exercise, which caused massive flooding, led to loss of lives and property in many Nigerian communities and resulted in huge devastation which reached all the way to Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

“Consequently, in 2013, the two countries reached an agreement that Cameroon was to give early warning to enable Nigeria to put in place proactive measures to prevent destruction of lives and property,” NEMA said.

It urged other local safety bodies to be on alert, while calling on authorities in Nigerian provinces to put safety measures in place and be prepared for possible evacuation of citizens ahead of the exercise. Enditem

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