By Idowu Abdullahi
As seven states in Nigeria prepare for flooding from Cameroon within the next seven days, here are seven facts to know about the Lagdo Dam where the water would be released from in the country.
The PUNCH reports that the Federal Government, on Monday, said all the frontline states on the path of River Benue may experience flooding as result of the opening of Lagdo Dam in Cameroon.
“As earlier stated, the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon was opened recently and we will see the effect in the coming days. Flood has been a major issue in Nigeria and has been causing loss of lives and property. We have been given a task by Mr President to ensure proper preparedness against the effect of the opening of the Lagdo Dam.
“One of the things governments in different states must begin to do is to ensure that drainages are cleaned. Blockages must be removed. Also, proper enlightenment and sensitisation of residents must be carried out.
“Residents in affected areas must begin to relocate to safer planes. States must stand up to involuntary relocations. It is inconceivable to witness avoidable loss of lives and property,” the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, said at a press briefing on Monday.
See the facts below:
1. The Lagdo Dam was built in 1982 by a Chinese company to provide electricity, potable water and irrigate farmlands in Garoua and the Northern provinces of Cameroon.
2. The floods which periodically sweep across the banks of Rivers Benue and Niger down to the Atlantic Ocean in Bayelsa State in Nigeria emanate from the Lagdo Lake.
3. The dam is 308 m long, 40 m in height and 9 m thick.
4. Its reservoir has a potential of 7.7 billion cubic metres. However, due to its aging and the silting up of its reservoir, its capacity has deteriorated over time reaching 1.6 billion m3 in 2021.
5. The dam is located 50 km south of Garoua on the Benue River. The dam is located within the Arrondissement de Lagdo in the Département de la Benoué in the North Province. It is situated more exactly at 8°53′N 13°58′E.
6. The Lake, where the dam is situated, is the source of potable water, and irrigation of cotton, maize, millet, sorghum animal fodder, grazing fields and fishing in and around Garoua.
7. The climate around Lagdo Lake is temperate, scenic, and a good holiday destination for tourists.