Zero Carbon Africa would like to invite you to the ARTing Climate Change event on Thursday 27thSeptember, 2012. Climate change is impacting more local communities across Nigeria with children, young people and women bearing the biggest brunt. BBC World Service Trust report states that climate change awareness in Nigeria is about 1% and there is a need for concerted and coordinated campaign to raise climate change awareness!
By Laide Akinboade
Numerous communities in Kano State Nigeria, have been submerged following the collapse of the Warawa Dam. The dam is one of the 120 earth dams in Kano and Jigawa states. Similarly, thousands of residents in the Kaduna metropolis in Kaduna State have been displaced by flood from the Kaduna River, and over 25,000 people in Benue State have so far been displaced as a result of flooding arising from the overflow of the Benue River, the second largest river in the country. Continue reading
The Federal Government of Nigeria has ordered the immediate evacuation of people living along the River Niger plains.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesperson Yushau Shuaib, said that the alert came because the Kainji and Jebba dams have attained their highest water levels in 29 years and is unprecedented in the history of the two facilities.
To avoid a possible collapse of the dams, the authorities may release some of the water, as last alternative. The situation, according to Shuaib, has created a high risk of imminent flooding in the downstream of the river. Residents of the communities are therefore urged to move to higher grounds for safety. The states at risk of the flood are Niger, Kogi, Kwara, Kebbi, Anambra and Delta.
The agency had already notified the affected states to take the necessary precautionary measures by relocating people from the flood prone areas and activated the National Contingency Plan as well as alerted all stakeholders to take necessary actions in line with their various mandates. The states are to ensure compliance with the threat in order to avert imminent loss of lives and properties that would certainly arise in the event of flooding.
Furthermore, information available indicates that the gauge for monitoring the flow of water in the river has already exceeded the maximum height by over one meter. A rapid assessment team comprising officers of NEMA and scientists has left for Jebba and Kainji to further inspect the situation.
The Niger River is the principal river of western Africa, extending about 4,180 km. Its drainage basin is 2,117,700 km² in area. Its source is in the Guinea Highlands in southeastern Guinea.
Kainji Dam is a dam across the Niger River in western Nigeria. Construction of the dam began in 1964 and was completed in 1968.
The Jebba Dam is one of the three major dams in Niger State, built in 1985. Others are Kainji Dam built in 1968 and Shiroro Dam built in 1990.
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