Over 600 People Killed And Thousands Evacuated In Nigeria's Worst Flooding In A Decade
Over 600 people killed and thousands evacuated in Nigeria's worst flooding. Floods have affected over 2 million people, according to CNN, citing Nigeria's humanitarian affairs ministry, and over 200,000 homes have been completely or partially destroyed. According to the ministry, the death toll from the worst flooding in Nigeria in a decade has surpassed 600 people.
More than 200,000 homes have been completely or partially destroyed, according to the report. The recent floods were among the worst the country has seen in a decade. Flooding in some areas has been more severe than the previous major floods in 2012.
Sadiya Umar Farouq, Nigeria's Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, warned Sunday that more flooding was likely and urged regional governments to prepare accordingly. CNN reported earlier this month that Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency issued a flood warning for several regions along the Niger and Benue rivers.
The ministry of humanitarian affairs said on Twitter Sunday that it was calling on the respective state governments, local government councils, and communities to prepare for more flooding by evacuating people living on flood plains to higher ground, providing tents and relief materials, fresh water, and medical supplies for a possible outbreak of water-borne diseases.
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Nigeria endures flooding on a yearly basis, particularly along its coasts, but this year's floods are the worst in more than a decade. Authorities attribute the accident to the discharge of surplus water from Cameroon's Lagdo Dam, as well as unexpected rains.
While many sections of Nigeria are prone to annual flooding, flooding in certain places has been more severe than the last catastrophic floods in 2012, according to a Red Cross official in Kogi last week.
In an attempt to better coordinate the response to floods throughout the country, the National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan will shortly be put into effect.
Relief has gone to every state of the federation, and many state governments did not prepare for the floods.
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The ministry has arranged a team to meet with governors around the nation to discuss ways in which they may improve their states' flood response capabilities.
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Nigeria will soon implement its National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, which aims to improve flood response coordination. Furthermore, relief efforts are underway amid the devastation caused by the country's lack of preparedness for the natural disaster.