Following the prediction of imminent flooding, Kogi State government has assured that it was doing all it could to ensure that flood dis not damage lives and properties in the state.
The state deputy governor and chairman, Kogi State Flood Management Committee, Yomi Awoniyi stated this in a flood alert message to people of the state on Tuesday in Lokoja.
The deputy governor added that the state government would begin the process of evacuation of people living along flood prone areas as soon as the water level increases to 11.0m on the calibrated scale of measurement, assuring that government would live up to its responsibilities in averting loss of lives and properties.
Awoniyi disclosed that the state government had been monitoring the situation, saying that the water level had gone up to 8.1m as calibrated on the scale of measurement.
He added that the state government would continue to monitor the rising level of water to avert damage to lives and properties.
Awoniyi noted that the sudden rising water level of the Rivers Niger and Benue called for concern, saying for now, it does not call for panic until the water level rises to 12.1m on the calibrated scale of measurement, as observed in 2012 before it became a critical situation.
The deputy governor added that this year’s expected flooding is occasioned by the release of water from Lagdo Dam in Republic of Cameroun, maintaining that states of Adamawa, Benue and Nassarawa along the axis of the River Benue were already experiencing flooding.
He therefore warned that Kogi State would soon experience its own share of the flooding, warning people to be vigilant as he appealed to people living in the nine flood prone local government areas that were affected by the flooding of 2012 to be extremely vigilant.


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