Seven Yobe council areas prone to floodings in 2023, warns GloFAS
By Njadvara Musa, Damaturu
The Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS) has warned the Yobe State government that seven local councils could be flooded in the next 10 days.
The eight flood-prone Local Government Areas (LGAs) included Yusufari, Yunusari, Bursari, Geidam, Karasuwa, Nguru and Bade, a border community with Niger.
The State Director of Information Services, Ministry of Information, Husna Ibrahim, disclosed, yesterday (Monday), in Damaturu that the seven councils to be submerged with flood waters; are under severity 3, while others are at levels 2 and 1.
“The flood severity levels have exceeded the normal threshold in the Kumadugu/Yobe River Basin in the State,” she said.
Consequently, the Director, said that the State government will monitor water levels in the river Basin, reservoirs and dams constructed across the River.
She attributed the expected flooding of council areas to the release of waters from the Ladgo Dam, in Cameroon into River Benue and Challawa Dam in Kano state.
According to her, the GloFAS forecast of August 24, 2023, indicated an increased risk of flooding many communities along the river Basin.
She noted that most of the communities to be affected with floods, are sited on the banks of Kumadugu/Yobe River.
She added that the flood warnings is a five-year return period that could peak in the next 10 days in the council areas.