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Another Round Of Flood Submerges Communities

Despite the turbulent times witnessed during 2012 flooding, Nigeria is gradually submerged by another round of disastrous flooding.

Already, 53 lives have been lost while more than 100,420 people have been displaced in 11 States of Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Jigawa, Adamawa, Yobe, Gombe and Bauchi.

Apart from the casualties, thousands of houses, farmlands and property worth billions of Naira were also lost to the flooding in the States.

Recall that in 2012, about 363 people died and over 2.1 million people were displaced in 30 out of 36 States. While the victims were yet to be compensated, the losses incurred were pegged at N2.6 trillion.

The incident was caused by flash floods resulting to heavy rain especially in the rural areas where there are blocked or poor drainage systems. Also, the release of water from Lagdo dam led to the death of about 30 people in Benue State.

To checkmate the excess release of water from the dam, the federal government had proposed the construction of Dasin Hausa Dam in 1982, meant to run across River Benue about 20 kilometres North of Yola in Adamawa.

The Dasin Hausa dam which was meant to be a multi-purpose dam would greatly help in checkmating flood in Benue axis and serve as irrigation and hydro power.

When completed, the hydro power was supposed to generate about 150 megawatts, irrigate thousands of hectares of farmland, and provide navigation from Benue through the Niger Delta.

Thirty three years after, the project is yet to take off, a situation that has been described as lacklustre attitude by the federal government in addressing urgent issues.

Despite these casualties, there is an indication that the Ministries of Environment and Water Resources at both Federal, State and local governments are sleeping over their duties as little or no effort is made to address the looming disaster.