Flood incidences in some parts of Nigeria have caused the death of about 500 persons and the destruction of 45,249 houses and
70,566 hectares of farmlands.
This was revealed at a conference organized by the federal government in Abuja which had in attendance all relevant agencies and concerned stakeholders in charge of tackling the unfortunate disaster.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sani Gwarzo, noted that the government was working to combat the situation, adding that NEMA has provided relief materials to over 315,000 displaced persons affected by the flood disaster.
“The National Emergency Management Agency has confirmed that as of October 9, 2022, water levels at Lokoja and Makurdi along the River Niger and Benue is 11 per cent above the level recorded in 2012.
“So far, the flood has wrecked havoc in 31 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Over 500 persons are reported dead; 1,411,051 affected; 790,254 displaced persons with 1,546 persons injured.
“Aside from that, 44,099 houses are partially damaged; 45,249 houses totally damaged; 76,168 hectares of farmland partially damaged, and 70,566 hectares of farmland completely destroyed by the great deluge.”
The Governor of Kogi State,Alh Yahaya Bello, revealed that nine areas along the Niger and Benue Rivers were affected. However, he assured his support to victims affected by the flood.
“Ibaji is almost 100 per cent underwater while the rest range from 30 per cent up. We, therefore, have a serious humanitarian tragedy on our hands, but I wish to assure every person, family, and community which has been affected that they are not alone and that help is coming.