· Thousands forced to flee due to flooding of the Niger and Benue rivers ·
Once again, Nigeria is struck by natural disasters. More than one hundred people have died in the past two weeks in the flooding of Nigeria’s two major rivers located in the northern central region. According to reports by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), heavy rains have caused the Niger and Benue rivers to overflow, forcing thousands to leave their homes, and destroying vast areas of farmland.
The Director of NEMA, Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja, reported to the BBC that the most dramatically impact has been on the state of Niger, where more than forty have died. The government is encouraging those who live along the waterways to relocate to safer areas.
Last week, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced a state of emergency and authorized the allocation of three billion naira (about 8.2 million dollars) to provide assistance and health care to those who have been displaced. Further flooding could occur in the coming days and worsen in the weeks that follow, all due to the heavy rains. In the meantime, according to the news this morning, an International Red Cross humanitarian worker in Nigeria, kidnapped a few weeks ago by the Boko Haram terrorist group, was reported to have been killed.
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