Nigerian flooding kills more than 600, displaces 1.3 million more

By Ruth Olurounbi
Oct 17, 2022, 4:08 AM – Updated on Oct 17, 2022, 4:08 AM

(Bloomberg) –Widespread flooding in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has claimed 603 lives and displaced 1.3 million people.
The floods have submerged 108,392 hectares (267,840 acres) of farmland and damaged 82,053 houses, the humanitarian affairs ministry said on Twitter.

Of the West African nation’s 36 states, 32 will be affected by the flooding, which is expected to get worse in the coming weeks, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency said. The federal government asked the regions to evacuate people and provide relief including tents, medical supplies and fresh water.

-Humanitarian Minister warns State Governments, LGAs on impending floods

— Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs (@FMHDSD) October 17, 2022
States including Anambra, Delta, Cross River, Rivers, and Bayelsa are still at risk of experiencing floods until the end of November, the ministry said. About 75 people drowned in Anambra state when their boat capsized as they attempted to escape the floodwaters, the government confirmed last week.

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