11 July 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA, has debunked news making the rounds on the sources of flood that submerged buildings and ravaged many communities in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital,two days ago.
This is contained in a statement by the Director General of NISHA, Clement Nze in Abuja.
The statement notes that it was widely reported that the flood was aggravated by the release of water from the Cameroonian Lagdo Dam built within the Cameroonian portion of River Benue.
According to the statement the Agency wishes to state that the flash flood was caused by localized heavy downpour that occurred from the night of Friday, 9th July till around 4am on Saturday, 10th July, 2021 in Mayo Goi area of Jalingo town.
It however explains that lack of drainage systems, buildings erected within flood paths, among other factors aggravated the flood, and not release of any water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon.
It says that before any flood arising from the release of water from the Lagdo Dam could submerge any town in Taraba State, some towns in Adamawa State would have been submerged.
The statement recalls that the Nigeria Hydrological Services, had earlier in the year warned that Yorro, Gassol, Ardo-Kola, Lau, Jalingo, Wukari, all in Taraba State, fall within the Highly Probable Flood Risk LGAs in the country in 2021.
NIHSA Clears Air On Release Of Water From Lagdo Dam