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Flooding: NEMA places 10 Taraba LGAs on red alert

Flooding: NEMA places 10 Taraba LGAs on red alert

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Justin Tyopuusu Jalingo

The National Emergency Management Agency and the Taraba State Emergency management have placed 10 local government areas in Taraba on red alert,  following plans by the Cameroonian authorities to release water from the Lagdo Dam.

The Permanent Secretary, Taraba State Emergency Management Agency,  Mr Nulvaga Danhabu, named the local governments that had been placed on red alert to include Karim Lamido,  Lau,  Ardo-Kola, Ibi,  Gassol,  Wukari,  Takum,  Bali, Ussa and Donga.

The SEMA boss told our correspondent that the agency in collaboration with NEMA had asked the communities that may be affected by the planned release of water to vacate the areas for a safe haven.

“The flood is already here but the magnitude is not much compared to other places in the country.

“Currently, only farmlands have been affected,  but we have contacted those living along the Benue trough to leave because when the water is released,  the devastation will be much,” he said.

On the budget for the humanitarian crisis that may be precipitated by the imminent flooding, Nulvage said the budget was not the issue as no one knew the magnitude of the flood.

He explained that the state government was monitoring the situation very carefully and would respond accordingly when the flood occurred.

The Emergency Operation Centre Coordinator for Taraba,  Adamawa and Benue, Mr Lugard Slako, had earlier told journalists that NEMA and the Taraba State Emergency Management Agency were working out modalities on how to tackle the flood when the water is released.

According to him,  stakeholders in disaster management in Taraba were already working with SEMA to sensitise people to evacuate flood-prone areas.

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