Flood kills 45, displaces 171,545 in 13 states

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The National Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday, said 45 persons have died while  171,545 persons have been displaced as a result of widespread flooding experienced across the country in 2023.

This was disclosed by an official of the agency, Dapo Akingbade, during a monthly meeting of the Water Sanitation and Hygiene in the Emergency Working Group in Abuja.

Akingbade said as of October 7, showed flood has affected 13 states, with 22,666 homes partially damaged and 5,358 totally damaged homes while 9,179 hectares of farmlands were partially destroyed and 8,754 hectares of farmlands totally destroyed.

He added that the agency had commenced an thorough assessment of the flood situation in Adamawa with the activation of the emergency operation centre for coordination of interventions.

He said, “The flooding in Adamawa has impacted a lot of people and communities. At the EOC meeting, we recommended that all states activate their flood response plans.

“Also, we are also awaiting a detailed needs assessment report from Adamawa so as to know the appropriate areas to focus our attention.”

The NEMA official said there was a need for the WASH sector to be well-prepared, saying collective responsibility was needed to mitigate the impact of emergency situations in the country.

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