This special edition of the weekly update spotlights natural disasters in Nigeria with a focus on ﬂooding in the Niger Delta. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported that about 30 states in Nigeria are currently aﬀected by severe ﬂooding. According to NEMA, over 500 persons have been killed, more than 790,000 others displaced, over 45,000 houses damaged, and about 70,000 hectares of farmland destroyed by severe ﬂooding caused by heavy rainfall and the release of excess water from a dam in neighboring Cameroon. In the Niger Delta, many coastal and riverine communities are predisposed to recurrent ﬂooding because of low topography. According to data (see map above), ﬂooding caused over 70 fatalities in the Niger Delta between January 2018 and June 2022. The recent ﬂood has reportedly caused over 15 deaths and displaced about 100 communities in the region. As of October 12, 2022, for instance, ﬂooding reportedly killed four persons and displaced over 3,200 households in Delta State. Several communities were also reportedly submerged in Bayelsa, Edo, Imo, and Rivers States.
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Thanks for the update. Most of these disasters are Naturally caused and only a serious and committed government with a very strong political will could do little to prevent the degree of damage and reduce the risk of affecting people’s life, properties and livelihoods. We will continue to preach Peace and also talk to the government to always be alight to their responsibility