Nigerian authorities have warned residents, particularly those living along the banks of the River Niger to immediately relocate to a safer location in view of an imminent heavy downpour expected in mid 2016.
The Deputy Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Fidel Agu in a press statement called for the need for the people to relocate to a safer location away from the river.
The statement said the River Niger Basin traversing the Republic of Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria would be flooded in the middle of the year due to forecasted heavy downpour.
The agency warns that many Nigerians would be among the one hundred million people to be affected along the flood path of the more than two million square kilometers Niger River Basin.
NOA calls on traditional rulers and other leaders of flood prone communities along the region to take necessary measures in the coming weeks to mobilize their communities for urgent action to avoid loss of lives and property by the flood.