According to NEMA, Taraba, Borno, Cross River, Adamawa and Benue states would once again be affected if the water was released.
The NEMA North-East zone Coordinator, Mohammed Kanar, disclosed this at the weekend in Jalingo, Taraba State when the agency presented relief materials to flood victims in the state. He stressed the need for the government of the above states to be proactive to avert further disaster in the region.
He stated: “Cameroun would be releasing water from their dams in a few days time. Rather than allowing the dams to get filled and break, it is better to allow them to release the water as the level of destruction would be reduced compared to when the dams break.”
He added though the agency had alerted vulnerable states and communities about the plan to empty the Camerounian dams, he however stressed the need to alert the likely affected areas.
Kanar who also assured on the readiness of the agency to continue to assist victims of the flood, echoed the need for state governments to partner with the agency to reduce the human and material losses arising from the flood.
Receiving the items, Governor Danbaba Suntai, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Emmanuel Njiwa, said the government would ensure even distribution of the materials.
According to him, the state government had been playing its role since the outbreak of the flood, which had ravaged and displaced thousands of people, stating “we have been reaching out to the victims in many ways.”
Items presented to the victims include beddings, building materials, clothing and foodstuff.