Million Plus Displaced by Floods in Nigeria
Posted by feww on October 17, 2012
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Global Disasters/ Significant Events
Flooding in north-central Nigeria displaces at least a million people, killing 300, destroying homes and public infrastructure
Flooding has ravaged vast areas in 6 states of north-central Nigeria, displacing more than a million people, killing at least 300 people and tens of thousands of livestock, destroying farmlands and hundreds of thousands of homes, roads and bridges.
- “The worst hit was Kogi State, closely followed by Benue State. The two states had the worst cases because of their positioning along the River Niger and River Benue. In fact, in the case of Kogi, many people have even fled to parts of Anambra State located in the southeast region, but we have followed them and established camps there also,” according to the National Emergency Management Agency.
- “Many people are still missing and we still receive distress calls from communities in danger of being submerged.”
- “Describing the flood as colossal, the NEMA official mentioned Plateau, Nasarawa, Kwara, and Niger as other north-central states badly hit by the flood,” said a report.
The humanitarian crisis in the north of Mali continues deteriorating, as people struggle with the effects of armed conflict and severe flooding, which has destroyed crops and sent food prices soaring, said ICRC.
- “Basic foodstuffs have become difficult for most people to obtain in the Timbuktu, Kidal, Mopti and Gao areas because of the high cost,” said the head of the ICRC regional delegation for Mali and Niger.
- About 420,000 people in Timbuktu, Gao, Kidal and Mopti areas have been severely affected.