The EDO State Government has issued a crucial call to action for residents residing in lowland and riverine areas within the state. This advisory stems from the impending risk of flooding due to the release of controlled amounts of water into the River Niger from the Lagdo Dam by Cameroonian authorities.
The communities directly affected by this warning include Agenebode in Etsako East Local Government Area (LGA), Anegbete in Etsako Central LGA, and Illushi in Esan South East LGA. Additionally, other riverine areas in Ikpoba Okha LGA, Ovia North-East LGA, and Ovia South-West LGA have been alerted to the potential flooding risk.
Chris Nehikhare, the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, conveyed this information in a statement released in Benin City. He emphasized the government's commitment to ensuring the safety of its citizens, especially in the face of foreseeable challenges.
Nehikhare stated: “The authorities of the Lagdo Dam in the Republic of Cameroon have communicated their intention to release controlled quantities of water into the River Benue due to severe flooding caused by continuous heavy rainfall."
In response to this, he urged residents in the aforementioned areas to exercise vigilance and consider relocating to higher grounds for their safety. Furthermore, communities within Ikpoba Okha, Ovia North-East, and Ovia South-West have also been placed on alert.
The EDO State Government is actively preparing for this situation and pledges to offer support to those who might be displaced from their homes due to rising water levels caused by the overflow of the River Benue. The government has proactively ensured the readiness of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and has taken measures to sensitize and inform residents in at-risk areas.
Nehikhare emphasized, “Our priority is the safety and well-being of our residents. We are working diligently to provide assistance to those affected by the upcoming flood, and we are committed to keeping the public informed and prepared." This collective effort underscores the government's determination to safeguard its citizens and minimize the impact of the potential flooding.