The release of excess water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon often contributes to flooding in Nigeria.
The federal government has alerted states and relevant government agencies over plans by the Cameroonian government to open the floodgate of Lagdo Dam, on the Benue River, in a letter dated August 21, 2023.
A buffer for the excess water from the Cameroonian Dam would have been the Dasin Hausa Dam in Adamawa. However, much is left to be desired as the government has been unable to complete it in 41 years.
Nigeria owes some of its worst floods to the activities in/around the Lagdo Dam. Now that there has been another warning, here’s how to prepare against flooding:
Stay tuned to radio, TV, or the internet for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders. Keep track of weather forecasts, especially during the rainy season, and stay updated on flood warnings and advisories from relevant government agencies.
Create an emergency plan
Develop a family emergency plan that includes evacuation routes and meeting points. Also, educate your family about emergency contacts and procedures.
Elevate structures and improve drainage
If possible, build or elevate your home above the expected flood level even as it is expedient to avoid constructing buildings in flood-prone areas.
Also clear out gutters, drains, and culverts around your property to ensure proper water flow, whilst encouraging your community to maintain drainage systems.
Flood preparedness is a shared responsibility that involves individuals, communities, and government authorities. Work with your community to address drainage issues collectively, and engage with local authorities to improve infrastructure.
Consider purchasing flood insurance if you live in a flood-prone area, or review your existing insurance policies to understand coverage options.