Over 600 Killed in Nigeria’s Catastrophic Flooding

Over 600 Killed in Nigeria’s Catastrophic Flooding

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – More than 600 people have been killed and more than 82,000 homes destroyed in one of the worst floods to hit Nigeria in recent memory.

Farmlands also have been flooded, raising worries about the availability of food.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered 12,000 metric tons of food items from Nigeria's strategic reserve for communities affected by catastrophic flooding last week, Deutsche Welle reported.

Some 603 people have died from one of the worst floods to have affected the country in recent history, Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development said in an update Sunday.

Roughly 82,000 houses and 110,000 hectares (272,000 acres) of farmland had been submerged and destroyed, Farouq added.

The devastation of farmland comes at a time Nigeria faces heightened food insecurity because of high prices of food items, which is partly a result of the war in Ukraine.

Buhari said Monday that the devastation caused by the floods was saddening, adding that 700,000 people appeared to have been displaced in Bayelsa state alone, in the south of the country.

Nigeria's ministry for humanitarian affairs last week reported some 1.4 million people had been displaced from their homes.

Buhari added that floods had affected 33 out of Nigeria's 36 states, and all federal agencies dealing with rescue and disaster management had been asked to scale up their response.

The United Nations has said that Nigeria lies at risk of frequent and intense flooding.

In 2012, rivers burst their banks and submerged vast lands in 30 states, killing over 400 people and displacing 1.3 million others.

According to the UN, in 2019 more than 200,000 people were affected by floods and 158 were killed.

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