2022 Flood: Over 600 perished, 1.3million persons displaced In Nigeria ― UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has said that according to government data no fewer than 600 persons died and 1.3 million were rendered homeless as a result of the September/October 2022 floods across 34 states of the country. Chief of UNICEF Field Office, Enugu, Juliet Chiluwe, stated this yesterday, during an official handover of supplies for Anambra State Flood Response from UNICEF to the Anambra State Government. During the occasion, the first set of supplies of 100 drums of chlorine for disinfection of water sources, 40 cartons of Aquatabs…

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H/Reps frown at NEMA’s claim of reaching out to 1.4m flood victims

…As agency claims spending N112.13bn on disaster management The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it has spent N112.13 billion from consolidated accruals and ecological fund utilisation on disaster management in the country from 2011 to 2022. This is just as members of the House of Representatives Committee on Ecology expressed displeasure with the disclosure by the Director-General of NEMA, Ahmed Mustapha, that the agency reached out to over 1,427,370 persons displaced by the flood disaster across the nation. Mustapha, who appeared before the committee that is investigating the total…

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Flooding: 25 million Nigerians risk severe hunger in 2023 – Report

Stakeholders in the nation’s food and agriculture value chain have said that unless urgent steps are taken by the Federal Government, the massive destruction to farmlands by the recent floods may result in a severe hunger crisis in 2023. Aside from financial losses incurred by farmers and agribusiness entrepreneurs, the destruction has been estimated to put 25.3million people across 26 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in acute food crisis between June and August next year. This estimation is contained in the Cadre Hamonise report on the food security…

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Flooding: Over 800 thousand children displaced by flooding in Nigeria – UNICEF

The United Nations Children Fund, (UNICEF) says an estimated 840,000 children have been displaced by the recent flooding that ravaged some parts of Nigeria. According to an issued statement on Tuesday, the Head of the UNICEF delegation for COP-27, Paloma Escudero, said about 27.7 million children across the world were affected by the flooding in 2022. Escudero said children are a large majority of the 27.7 million children affected by flooding in 2022 are among the most vulnerable and are at high risk of a multitude of threats including death…

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Lagos Govt. issues flood alert

…Warns residents of Lekki, V/I, Ikoyi The Lagos State government has issued a fresh flood advisory to residents of Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki and the coastal areas of Badagry and Epe to be cautious of the backflow of flood which is due to the high tide in the Lagos lagoon. Stating this, the commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, made this known in an issued statement on Monday. Bello said, “The high tide of the Lagos lagoon has made it difficult for storm run-off from the various channels…

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Floods: SERAP gives Buhari 7 days to trace how trillions of ecological funds are spent by SGF 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “direct the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN), and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to promptly and thoroughly investigate the spending of Ecological Fund by the office of the Secretary to the Federal Government and governments at all levels—federal, state and local governments from 2001 to date. According to SERAP, “Suspected perpetrators of corruption and mismanagement should face prosecution as appropriate, if there is sufficient admissible evidence, and any missing public funds should…

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Rainfall, not Cameroon responsible for Nigeria’s floods – Minister

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, has said that rainfall and not excess water from the Lagbo Dam in Cameroon is not responsible for the flooding ravaging various communities across 30 States in Nigeria. Adamu stated this while defending his ministry’s 2023 Budget before the Senate Committee on Water Resources, in Abuja. In an issued statement on Thursday by the Director of Information in the ministry, Offie Kenechukwu, the Minister said the inflow from the dam to Nigeria was only one percent of the flooding. The statement said Adamu…

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Flooding: “Don’t travel to Nigeria”, Australian govt. warns its nationals

The Australian government, yesterday, warned its citizens to desist from travelling to Nigeria over the recent flooding that has ravaged some parts of the country. A travel advisory issued to Australians on the consulate’s website read: “There have been significant casualties and widespread damage to infrastructure caused by severe flooding. Essential services may be disrupted. Follow the advice of local authorities and check the media for updates. “The potential for terrorism, kidnapping, crime and civil unrest remains high throughout Nigeria”, it stated. The consulate further alerted its citizens to research…

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Thousands stranded on Niger Bridge as flood takes over Kogi-Abuja road

Commuters and travellers in their thousands have been held at a standstill along the Abuja-Lokoja road in Kogi State. Travellers in their numbers were held in the gridlock, which started immediately after Lokoja, stretching to a nearby town of Koton-Karfe, after the Niger Bridge. According to reports, commuters have been held in the gridlock since 3p.m yesterday, and as of the time of filing this report, the road has not been cleared. The gridlock, which started from the Lokoja axis of the Niger Bridge to the other end of the…

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Police confirm 95 dead in Jigawa flood disaster

…Governor sympathises with victims’ families The Jigawa State Police Command has confirmed the death of 95 people in flood-related accidents across the State. Confirming the number of the deceased, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PRO), DSP Lawal Shi’isu Adam, said that the disaster has caused many calamities in the State. According to him, a report available to him indicated that a total of 95 people, including males and females, drowned due to the flood at different times and places. The Police spokesman added that “out of the number, over 22…

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