Nigeria: ‘Floods Render 150,000 Homeless’

Abuja — About one hundred and fifty thousand Nigerians have been displaced by floods due to recent torrential rain-falls and blockages of waterways in the country. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said.

The Director General of the agency retired Muhammad Audu-Bida, who made this known, stated that floods this year have wrecked harvock across the country.

He said from the reports so far received from the six geopolitical zones people hundreds of thousands were displaced, villages were submerged while corpses were exhumed from graves.

What generally caused the flooding, according to him is the lack of proffer drainages systems in some states as well as lacks of maintenance of the existing once. According to a report received from NEMA Zonal Coordinator North-West, more victims were registered at camps established for victims in Tureta, Kebbe and Tambuwal communities in Sokoto State.

The Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Mustafha Sulaiman said that the agency is collaborating with government of Sokoto and Kaduna states in establishment of camps for displaced people, saying the flood is also wrecking havoc in Zamfara and Kebbi States.

In the South-East, the Zonal Cordinator of NEMA in Enugu, Dr. Onimode Bandele disclosed that flood disaster had been recorded in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. The zone has moved into the state to distribute relief materials to the victims.

The North-East Coordinator, Mr. Aliyu Sambo confirmed that NEMA has taken relief material to flood victims in some parts of Taraba and Adamawa States. He said the major concern of the agency presently is to control the spread of cholera that has so far claimed 70 lives Adamawa State as at the weekend.

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