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Wednesday, October 26, 2022
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VIDEO: NO, LAGDO DAM IN CAMEROUN DID NOT CAUSE FLOODING IN NIGERIA!!!

Link to the video:

https://youtu.be/G-2fGC9VNdU

any places in Nigeria were recently overran by flooding as a result of never before seen rainfall in terms of intensity, duration and volume of storm water generated. Initially, it seemed as though many saw the problem for what it was- excess rainfall and were calling for proactive measures to forestall a repeat of the type of devastation that the flood waters unleashed on the people.

Surprisingly, the narrative began to change as a result of disinformation from many different quarters. People started blaming the Cameroun dam(Lagdo Dam) as the cause of the flooding in Nigeria in areas like Kogi State. They averred that officials in Cameroun released the sluice gates of the Lagdo dam and so the waters tumbled into Nigeria via river Benue and overwhelmed buildings along the banks of the Benue River. That conclusion is misleading! The flooding in Nigeria, as is now happening in many parts of the world, was caused by a combination of things-

  • Excessive rain triggered by Climate Change.

  • Absence of flood control infrastructure along River Benue like dams, flood walls and levees.

  • Uncontrolled and unplanned construction of buildings, roads, concrete aprons everywhere. This resulted in excessive imperviousness of the landscape and so rainwater no longer easily infiltrates directly into the soil when it rains.

The Cameroun dam simply made a bad situation worse but did not cause the flooding! In the accompanying video, I shed more light on this issue.

Author of the books- 1. Nigeria: Contemporary Commentaries and Essays

2. Surviving in Biafra: The Story of the Nigerian Civil War

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