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Flood: Niger dam communities put on red alert

A rice farm completely submerged by flood in Kebbi recently.
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Stakeholders have advised communities in the downstream and upstream of Shiroro  Dam in Niger State  to take precautions against flood as the season approaches  its peak.

Speaking  during the 2019 annual stakeholders sensitisation meeting at the Shiroro Dam headquarters  Wednesday,  they warned that flood pattern would likely change between July and October.

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The meeting, organized by the North South Power Company Limited,

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was attended by experts in the field of Hydrology, Meteorology, Reservoir, Environmental Management and Disaster Management.

The meeting said there would be inflow of flood which might force the power station to release water  to avert possible collapse of the dam.

The Chief Operating Officer of NSPCL, Ugochukwu Chioke, said that the power station placed high importance on safety of lives and property, hence the need for early sensitisation and awareness.

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, represented by Amb. Haruna Manta, advised the management of the power station to allow members of the communities to harness natural resources around the dam.

 

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