A car floats in the flood after a heavy rain in Suleja, Niger, on Sunday (9/7/17). 03395/9/7/2017/Jones Bamidele/JAU/NAN

Twelve states would soon be flooded due to torrential rain falls in Nigeria, the National Emergency Management Agency and the National Hydrological Services Agencies have warned.

States listed include Kogi, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Edo, Anambra, Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta states, from the River Niger axis.

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Others listed are Taraba, Benue and Adamawa as states to be affected from the River Benue axis.

The two agencies gave the warning on Friday during an emergency stakeholders’ meeting held with relevant stakeholders in Abuja.

Director at NHISA Clem Nze also warned that the flood might be eminent, noting that all the indices that played out before the 2012 flooding had already manifested.

He said that the decision to raise the alarm was to ensure preparedness among stakeholders and residents of flood-prone communities.

Nze revealed that as at Friday, the height of River Niger in Lokoja was at 10.1 meters as against the 9.74 meters in 2012, adding that the continued to rise on hourly basis.

The director said that that the water levels were increasing due to the opening of the Shiroro, Kanji and Jebba Dams.