National Orientation Agency, NOA, has called on Nigerians, especially those living along the banks of the River Niger, of an imminent flooding and urged them to immediately relocate to safer locations away from the river.
In a press statement signed by the deputy director of press of the agency, Mr. Fidel Agu, the alert has become necessary following intelligence reports from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, as well as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN-OCHA, indicating that the Niger River Basin, traversing the Republics of Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria, would be flooded in mid-2016 due to forecasted heavy downpour. The report warns that an estimated one hundred and five thousand Nigerians would be among the one hundred million people affected along the flood path of the over two million square kilometres Niger River Basin.
The agency calls on Nigerians to take serious precautions, including relocation from the banks of the Niger River and minimizing activities on the river, to avoid being victims of the flood adding that traditional rulers and other leaders of flood prone communities along the Niger River flood path are encouraged to take necessary measures in the coming weeks to mobilize their communities for urgent action to avoid loss of lives and property by the coming flood.
NOA further assured Nigerians that all relevant government organs and other stakeholders have been alerted and measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of Nigerians despite the flood. The agency further urged Nigerians to cooperate with government and its agencies toward mitigating the effects of the imminent flood.


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