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Floods: Lokoja water works may be shut down

20 September 2012, 07:34

Lokoja - Mr Yu Keem, Station Manager of Greater Lokoja Water Works, has expressed fears that the station might be shut down following continued threats to its installations by flood.

Keem said this on Wednesday while conducting the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Mrs Hadiza Onotu round the installations at the flooded River Niger bank in Lokoja.

He said the river had overflowed its banks and submerged government facilities, residential houses and other properties and was  threatening the station's pumping machines and bridge.

Keem stressed that the pressure from the water would cause more damage to the station if it was not shut down.

In her response, the commissioner expressed fears over possible outbreak of epidemics if the station was shut, as people might be forced to use water from unsafe sources.

Onotu directed the board to pump enough water into its two main reservoirs as a precautionary measure to guard against possible water shortage in the area.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that hundreds of residents displaced by the flood in Lokoja are now squatting with friends and relations in areas not affected by the flood.

Others have taken refuge in primary schools and makeshift tents.


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