Severe floods in Nigeria, more than 600 people died, about 1.3 million were homeless2 min read
Floods in Nigeria have left more than 1.3 million people homeless.
The floods have completely destroyed more than 82,000 homes.
About 110,000 hectares of agricultural land was completely destroyed by the floods.
Lagos. The worst floods in Nigeria in the last decade have wreaked havoc in the country. So far more than 600 people are reported to have died in this flood. This information has been given in a new figure released on Sunday. Nigeria’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement released on Twitter that the disaster has left more than 1.3 million people homeless.
According to a news of news agency AFP, Humanitarian Affairs Minister Sadia Umar Farooq said that unfortunately till October 16, 2022, more than 603 people have lost their lives due to floods. The minister said that before last week the death toll was 500. But some state governments did not prepare to deal with the floods. Due to which the death toll increased. Minister Umar Farooq said the floods completely destroyed more than 82,000 homes and about 110,000 hectares (272,000 acres) of agricultural land.
100 people killed in 10 states due to floods in Nigeria
The rainy season in Nigeria usually starts around June. This time it rained since August. Whereas in 2012, 363 people died and more than 21 lakh people were rendered homeless due to the severe floods in the country. This country in sub-Saharan Africa is disproportionately affected by climate change. Its economy is already reeling from various crises due to the Russo-Ukraine war. The country’s rice growers have warned that about 200 million people in the country may have to deal with rising inflation due to the devastating floods. Because Nigeria has banned the import of rice to encourage local production. Meanwhile, the World Food Program and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said last month that Nigeria was among six countries facing high risk of devastating levels of hunger.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 17, 2022, 06:30 IST