…Over 603 killed, 2.5m displaced – Minister
FEDERAL Government has issued new flood alert to people living in coastal areas of Anambra, Delta, Kogi, Cross River, Rivers and Bayelsa States, warning them to evacuate before it may be difficult to do so.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, gave the warning during a media briefing in Abuja, yesterday.
Warning community leaders in the states of the impending floods in the coming weeks, Farouq called on state governments to begin evacuation of persons living along water channels and other areas obstructing the flow of water.
According to Farouq, the heavy casualty toll suffered by Nigeria already despite concerted efforts to avert the consequences of the 2022 flooding season as forecast by Nigerian Meteorological Agency arose because many state governments did not prepare for the floods.
“Unfortunately, over 603 lives have been lost as of today October 16, 2022. A total of 1,302,589 persons have been displaced, 2,504.095 persons have been affected, on the whole, 2,407 persons have been injured, a total of 82,053 houses are completely damaged, while 121,318 are partially damaged. 108,392 hectares of farmland were partially destroyed while 332,327 hectares were totally destroyed including many roads and other critical infrastructure. While we mourn the unfortunate boat mishap in Anambra State and other locations, please we must note that we are not completely out of the woods because the Metrological Agencies are warning that States like Anambra, Delta, Cross River, Rivers and Bayelsa are still at risk of experiencing floods up till the end of November. We are calling on the respective State Governments, Local Government Councils and Communities to prepare for more flooding by evacuating people living on flood plains to high grounds, providing tents and relief materials, fresh water as well as medical supplies for a possible outbreak of water-borne diseases,” she said.