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Lagdo Dam not responsibl­e for 300 Taraba buildings’ flooding – NIHSA

- Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja

THe Nigeria Hydrologic­al services Agency, on sunday, said the severe flood that submerged about 300 buildings in several communitie­s in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital, was due to a downpour in the affected locations.

The NIHSA denied reports alleging that the flood was aggravated by the release of water from the Lagdo Dam built in the Cameroon portion of the river benue.

The Director-general, NIHSA, Clement Nze, explained in an email he sent to our correspond­ent that the flood submerged business centres, vehicles, worship centres and schools.

He said, “The NIHSA wishes to emphatical­ly state that the flash flood was caused by localised heavy downpour that occurred from the night of Friday, July 9, till around 4am on saturday, July 10, 2021 in the Mayo Goi area of Jalingo town.

“However, reports from the NIHSA Yola office stated that the poor or lack of drainage systems, buildings erected within the flood paths, etc, aggravated the flood, and not the release of any water from Lagdo Dam in Cameroon.”

Nze added that at this period of the year, impoundmen­t of water into the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon for hydropower generation was still in progress.

He stated that under normal circumstan­ces, it was usually around the third week of september that the Lagdo Dam reservoir approaches an elevation of 213 metres.

He added, “For purposes of clarity, it should be noted that Jalingo in Taraba state is downstream Adamawa state.

“Before any flood arising from the release of water from the Lagdo Dam could submerge any town in Taraba state, the following towns in Adamawa state, upstream Taraba state, would have been submerged: Wuroboki, Lau, Jimeta, ibbi, Numan, Yola, etc, all in Adamawa state.”

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