Ogun raises flood alert

Ogun state government has asked people living close to the waterways or flood plains in the state, to relocate immediately to avoid loss of lives and properties, during the heavy rainfall and massive flooding predicted by weather forecasting agencies.

It plans to set up emergency camps for residents likely to be displaced by the impending flood if it becomes necessary.

The state Environment Commissioner,  Bolaji Oyeleye, speaking in an interview in Abeokuta, said the state government had received an alert from the Niger Basin Authority, on the rising level of water from River Niger and River Benue, which have links with Ogun River.

He said the magnitude of the flood expected could be compared to the devastating flooding witnessed in 2012 in the state.

The commissioner also urged people living around rocky areas, to also relocate, because some of the rocks are likely to shift during the rainy season.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Metereological Agency (NIMET) has said the flooding which is now ravaging several communities nationwide will persist in 10 states up to October.

The states are Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Kaduna, Katsina, Nasarawa, Yobe and Zamfara.

The agency in its updated weather report said following the heavy rainfall in the past weeks, the soil moisture in the areas has reached saturation level or near saturation level.

NIMET also said states like Niger, Anambra, Kogi and Ebonyi may suffer isolated flood along the river bank.

In Kogi state, the state emergency management agency says River Niger already has its water level risen from the previous 7.45 meter two weeks ago, to 8.23 metres, close to the red alert level of nine metre.

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