Nigerian floods: more than 600 dead in worst floods in ten years



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The death toll from Nigeria’s worst flooding in a decade has passed 600, the country’s humanitarian ministry tweeted Sunday.

More than 2 million people have been affected by flooding that has spread to parts of the south of the country after a particularly wet rainy season, the ministry said.

More than 200,000 homes have been damaged in whole or in part, the ministry added.

Earlier this month, Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency warned of catastrophic flooding for states along the Niger and Benue rivers, noting that three of Nigeria’s overflowing reservoirs were expected to overflow. NEMA said the release of excess water from a dam in neighboring Cameroon contributed to the flooding.

Although many parts of Nigeria experience annual floods, in certain areas the floods are more severe than the last major flood in 2012, a Red Cross official in Kogi told CNN last week.

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Nigerian Humanitarian Affairs Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq warned on Sunday that more flooding was possible and urged regional governments to prepare accordingly.

“We are calling on respective state governments, local government councils and communities to prepare for more flooding by evacuating people living in flood plains to high ground, providing tents and relief supplies, fresh water and medical supplies for a potential waterborne outbreak. diseases,” the ministry of humanitarian affairs said on Twitter on Sunday.

The country will soon implement its National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, which aims to improve coordination of flood response efforts.

According to the ministry, “aid has gone to every state in the federation” and “many state governments have not prepared for the floods”.

A delegation organized by the ministry will visit state governors across the country to make suggestions on how to strengthen states’ response mechanisms to flooding.

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