Blackout Looms As Explosion Hits Zungeru Hydro Electricity Dam In Niger

The multimillion Naira Zungeru Hydro Electricity Dam in Niger State was on Monday struck by an explosion.

The dam, which has yet to be officially commissioned by the Federal Government, is the fourth hydroelectric dam in Niger State after Jebba, Kainji, and Shiroro.

It was gathered that the explosion occurred early Monday morning, though the cause has not been disclosed to the media yet.

A reliable source from the area confirmed the incident, stating that several workers sustained various degrees of injuries.

The source further disclosed that the injured persons are currently receiving treatment at nearby hospitals, with those more seriously being transported to Minna, the state capital, for intensive medical care.

“We saw a foreign worker, a Chinese national, with severe injuries being taken to Minna for additional medical attention. While the exact number of injured staff is uncertain, it is significant,” the source reported.

In addition to those injured, the explosion also reportedly damaged some installations at the dam, posing a threat to nationwide power outage.

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