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Flooding kills 199, displaces 176, 299 –NEMA


The latest situation report on flooding from the National Emergency Management Agency has put the number of deaths caused by large-scale floods in 12 states at 199.

It also stated that a total of 176,299 persons had been displaced, while 826,403 people were affected in 87 local government areas.

The report, which was made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday, further revealed that 109,820 displaced people were living with either their family, relatives or friends, adding that 1,036 individuals had been injured.

It said 17,816 houses had been destroyed or damaged by floods in various locations and 150,285 hectares of agricultural land, as well as 321 roads, had been destroyed or damaged.

NEMA said, “Since late August, heavy rains across Nigeria have caused large-scale flooding that has already impacted 826,403 people. However, numbers are expected to rise further as assessments are still ongoing in some states.

“In total, 87 LGAs across 10 states have been affected by severe flooding, while data is still being collated in two other states. On 17 September, NEMA declared a national disaster in the four worst-affected states (Anambra, Delta, Kogi and Niger) and is leading the overall national response.”

It added, “Five national and territorial Emergency Operating Centres have been activated, each covering between two and three states, to facilitate the response and collect information on critical gaps and needs.”

It said the EOCs were providing reports daily on the situation in the different states, adding that NEMA would continue to update the report as the situation evolved and assessments continued in the field.

The agency added, “Across all affected states, shelter, food, medicines, and mosquito nets, mats, hygiene kits, family kits remain priority needs. Responders are still requesting for speedboats to reach flooded areas and GPS for mapping.

“Light to moderate rains (up to 50mm) fell in the past 24 hours, primarily affecting Niger, Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina, Adamawa, Ekiti, Kogi, Anambra, Imo, Abia, Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Rivers states. For the period of 20 to 23 of September, moderate rains (8  to 100mm) have affected the lower half of the country, primarily affecting Taraba State and southern coastal areas.”

Meanwhile, the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has asked those residing in flood-prone communities of the state to relocate.

The warning came following increasing havoc being wreaked in such areas.

On Wednesday, a nine-year-old-girl, Benedict Izuchukwu, who was a Primary Three pupil of Light International School, Okoti, in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state, was reportedly killed by the flood.

In a public service announcement by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment in the state, Mr C-Don Adinuba, the state government named flashpoints as Ogbaru, Ayamelum, Anambra West and Anambra East.

The statement read in part, “The Government of Anambra State has renewed its directive to all residents within the coastal areas in four local government areas to immediately leave their places in view of the raging flood water threatening to overrun the areas.

“The forecast by relevant agencies that these places will experience very high levels of rainfall resulting in dangerous floods is coming to pass.

“The state government has made arrangements for the effective and efficient evacuation of residents of these local government areas and relocate them to designated holding centres.” PUNCH


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