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Floods render thousands homeless in Nigeria

ABUJA, September 4 – MORE than 200 000 people have been displaced as central Nigeria experiences the worst flooding in five years.

The heavy rains have led to flash floods, discharges and river overflowing in the Benue State.

Humanitarian agencies reported some 244 878 people are affected in 21 local governmental areas in the state.

Hundreds of houses have been destroyed and crop fields damaged. The floods have submerged two major bridges.

The state administration of governor Samuel Ortom and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are setting up two camps in the capital Makurdi to host people that have lost their homes.

These floods are considered the most severe since 2012. The disaster killed 363 people and displaced over 2,1 million others.

The National Red Cross Society is providing immediate response in terms of food and non-food items.

NEMA requested technical assistance from the international community.

The United Nations Children’s Fund has carried out a quick assessment and is increasing access to drinking water in the two camps.

Ortom appealed to residents to heed government directives by moving away from all flood prone areas until the situation subsided.

– CAJ News

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