NASRDA confirms Benue, six others as worst hit by floods
Seeks relocation of communities
THE National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), has said that the nation will experience flooding in some frontline states within the Benue trough due to activities that will take place in that area.
NASRDA in a press statement yesterday signed by the Head Media and Corporate Communications, Dr. Felix Ale, said the flood would be as a result of routine release of water from the Lagdo dam in Cameroun on August 5, 2015. “This is due to excessive water contained in the facility.”
According to NASRDA, as a result, the agency has conducted findings and preliminary investigations on areas at risk of flooding based on satellite imagery from NIgeriaSat-2, NigeriaSat-X and the Shuttle Radar Topography (SRTM).
These findings, according to the statement, have revealed that frontline states within the Benue trough will be affected, and states such as Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba, Plateau, Nassarawa and Benue are at risk of flooding.
The Agency strongly advises that the governments of the affected states should, as a matter of urgency, relocate communities within the flood plain to safer settlements. This, it said, is to mitigate the colossal loss of lives as well as prevent a repetition of 2012 flood.
Also, the agency has advised that agricultural activities within these flood plains should be avoided during this period, as farmers can only harvest their crops during off peak periods of the flood.