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Friday, 28 September 2012

According To NEMA 1 Million More Nigerians May Die

Over one million Nigerians may die due to the effect of flooding if no precautionary measure is taken, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said.
NEMA said if the Lake Nyos Dam in Cameroon collapses, a development it sees happening in the next three years, Nigeria will be the worse for it, considering the effect the release of over 55 million cubic metres of water will have on the country.
The Director-General of NEMA, Muhammed Sani-Sidi, who revealed this in Abuja, on Thursday, said a 2005 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report had predicted the collapse of the dam in less than 10 years.
Sani-Sidi, represented at the event by the Director of Administration in the agency, Zanna Muhammad, said the report had it that the collapse of the dam would be caused by gradual erosion from rain, wind and lake water, or as a result of violent volcanic eruption.
“It is estimated that between Cameroon border and River Benue, 50 settlements, including Katsina-Ala, Kashimbilla, Waya, Manga, Gamovo, Andie, Terwegh and over 15,000 hectares of land will be flooded.
“Also, over one million people and 20,000 herds of cattle and other livestock will be affected and could perish,” he said. Are these people not supposed to inspire confidence not knock it down. May God help us in Nigeria. Amen.

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