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Monday, 17 October 2022

FLOOD DISASTER: Nigeria records 603 deaths in 10 months with 2.5m people affected

Nigeria has recorded no fewer than 603 deaths while 2.5 million people have been affected as flood spreads more havoc and sorrow across the country.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, at a press briefing, yesterday,  in Abuja, also announced that 1,302,589 persons have been displaced,  2,407 suffered different degrees of injuries, 82,053 houses and  332, 327 hectares of farmlands completely damaged.

She warned that  Anambra, Delta, Cross River, Rivers and Bayelsa were still at risk of experiencing floods up to the end of November.

The minister said following the devastating effect of  flood, the Federal Government had sent delegation to Cameroon on the periodic opening of Lagdo Dam which was affecting Nigeria.

The minister, who faulted the lackadaisical attitude of some state and local governments in response to flood warning, tasked them to invest in flood management and also lead on community-base flood early warning signs.

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