The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has warned of imminent flooding sometime in “mid-2016”.
In a statement issued Tuesday by the Deputy Director of Press of the NOA, Fidel Agu, the agency stressed the need for Nigerians, particularly those along the banks of the River Niger, to relocate immediately.
NOA said the alert became necessary following intelligence reports from the Office of the National Security Adviser and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The statement said the Niger River Basin traversing the Republics of Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria would be flooded in mid-2016 due to forecasted heavy downpour. It stated that over 100 million people may be affected along the flood path of the Niger River Basin which is more than two million square kilometres long.
“Nigerians are therefore strongly advised to take serious precautions, including relocation from the banks of the Niger River and minimising activities on the river to avoid being victims of the flood,” the statement read.
“Traditional rulers and leaders should mobilise their communities for urgent action to avoid loss of lives and property by the coming flood.”
The agency appealed to Nigerians for cooperation, assuring that all relevant government organs and other stakeholders had been alerted and measures were being put in place to ensure their safety.