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Guys, I just could not sit still with this article. Anyone got any more information on this? If this is true, are there any measures of evacuation being taken by our government? I hope so, otherwise there is something SERIOUSLY and TERRIBLY wrong with our government.
I wish to emphatically reveal that the threat is real and will happen. The people have to be relocated from their present location. -NEMA DG
THE National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has sent alert to residents of over 200 communities in Taraba State of impending danger of the high possibility of being swept out by over 132 million cubic metres of flood water which is expected to be released as a result of the possible breakage of Lake Nyos which could take place any moment from now. It is estimated that 200 communities with an average number of 1000 families per community and an average number of 7 people per household in Taraba State may be sacked if the breakage occurs at the lake.
This alarm was raised on Friday by the Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, during the sensitisation and training programmes of the representatives of the vulnerable communities in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State. The North East Zonal Coordinator, Aliyu Baffale Sambo, who represented the Director General stated that: “The catastrophic consequences of Lake Nyos breakage are better imagined than real as there are over 200 communities within the five local government areas of Bali, Ussa, Takum, Kurmi and Sardauna in Taraba State. I wish to emphatically reveal that the threat is real and would happen. The people have to relocate from the present location.”
In a release signed by the Public Information Officer/Assistant Zonal Coordinator of NEMA Northeast zone, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye and made available to Sunday Tribune, the agency stated that the collapse of the lake of 400-year-old would result into the release of water at an estimated peak discharge of 17,000 cubic metres per second into Kumbi River and would discharge into the Kashimbila River. It was equally stated that the water would flow downhill, flooding the northwest province of Cameroun, some frontline states in Nigeria which would include Anambra, Akwa-Ibom, Cross Rivers, Adamawa, Kogi, Benue, Taraba and some other states in the Niger Delta region.
It was also gathered that the loss during the flooding would include the submerging and sweeping away of many communities through Taraba into the Benue River and Makurdi. It was revealed that within few hours, it would be felt in Onitsha, Asaba and Lokoja. Thousands of lives and livestock would be lost including the destruction of several thousands of arable lands. The destruction will extend to bridges, public and private infrastructure among many others.
The NEMA boss added that the agency is constrained to begin evacuation and relocation of such areas because there is the need to create buffer zone or safe area which is expected to be located outside a 600-kilometre linear perimeter which is yet to be surveyed and determined.
In anticipation of the eventual outbreak of Lake Nyos, it was stated that NEMA has trained over 200 emergency management volunteer corps; 67 non-governmental organisations; community based organisations, faith based organisations and traditional institutions on emergency preparedness and management