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Over 500 killed, 1.4m displaced by flood in 31 states – FG

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NiMet issues new alert to S’East, S’West, N’Central riverines

OVER 500 people have died while about 1.4 million others were displaced or suffered some losses through recent flood incidents in different parts of Nigeria.

  Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, disclosed this in media forum in Abuja.

  Explaining that 31 states and the FCT were worse hit in the disasters that damaged almost 90,000 houses, Sani-Gwarzo also predicted that more communities might be affected by floods, adding that the states have been informed ahead of time.

  “Over 500 people are reported dead. 1,411,051 persons have been affected. The displaced persons that have moved out of their locations are up to 790,254. About 1,546 persons that were displaced are injured. Fortunately for us, the National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for Nigeria has just been approved by the Federal Executive Council, and it contains all the details of the roadmap. So, we are very clear on what to do, and we have a book that will guide us. The document will be put to good use by the agencies,” he said.

  Also speaking, Director-General of Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Mandir Bako Matazu warned that people living in riverine areas of North-Central, South-East and South-West zones might witness more flooding in the coming days.

  According to him, the impending heavy flood was caused by high-intensity rain and dam release.

  “In terms of the rainfall-induced floods, we have seen the peak, but we told you that this rainwater gets collected into the reservoirs and dams, and whenever they are filled, it gets spilt. So, on the 13th of September, the Lagbo Dam was released and also the Kainji and Shiroro dams were released. So what we’re witnessing now is riverine flooding,” he said.

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