The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has alerted Nigerians, especially those living and operating along the banks and floodplains of River Niger, of possible flooding of the River Niger and the need for immediate evacuation of these areas.
The agency in a statement issued by its head of Press, Paul Odenyi, said the alert has become necessary in the “light of recent warnings by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), which has the responsibility of monitoring the river flows in the country”.
“NIHSA has warned of rising tide of the River Niger with the likelihood of flooding along its routes. Already, the level of water in the river, as at Thursday, 30th August, is estimated to be 8.84m, a level that is higher than the 2012 level of 8.62 metres” it added.
According to the NIHSA’s Director of Engineering Hydrology, Clement Nze, states likely to be affected are Kogi, Kebbi, Anambra, Bayelsa, Niger, Kwara and Delta states.
The campaign will emphasise the need for citizens to be environmentally responsible by clearing water channels while admonishing those living or doing business along the coastal areas to move upland to avert danger.