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Flood submerging houses in Nigeria, many dead

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By Akintola Timothy

Release of excess water from the Cameroonian dam adds to the flooding crisis.

At least, 27 out of Nigeria’s 36 states are currently being impacted by flood which is threatening to sweep away the residents and their properties. Though a recurring tragedy, this rampage has been at its absolute worst this year. Even the country’s capital, Abuja has been under a threat of this threat that has displaced hundreds of thousands of families and destroying more farmlands and produces. As such, many experts believe that the country might be in danger of a hunger situation, as the flood has overtly disrupted the agricultural production.

76 people were reported dead due to their boat capsizing as they tried to escape the dangerous high floodwaters that have ravaged the southern parts of Nigeria. This incident occurred in Anambra, one of the states that have been immensely impacted by the flood that has risen as high as the rooftops. The country’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported that over 600,000 people have been displaced in the area with over 300 people dead as a result of this disastrous situation.

At least 6 reported dead in the underwater Ibaji community.

NEMA had previously warned of a potential flooding disaster for the states located around the courses of River Niger and Benue, noting that three of the country’s reservoirs were overfilled and expected to overflow. This catastrophe followed the flooding situation that devastated the north central Kogi state a week ago, where numerous buildings were submerged under a flood that had never risen to this level in decades, according to Kogi state’s Red Cross Society. At least, 6 persons which includes a toddler were reported dead in the Ibaji district of Kogi, the worst hit area confirmed by the state governor as being 100% underwater.

Yahaya Bello, Kogi state’s governor during his October 1 address, described the flooding as a severe humanitarian tragedy. Kogi state’s capital, Lokoja being the area of confluence between two of Africa’s largest rivers, River Niger and Benue. Simi Adeodun, an environmentalist stated that the inundation was as a result of the bank of the lower Niger River being overwhelmed. He further revealed that asides Lokoja, most riparian communities along the area of River Benue in Nasarawa state, as well as River Niger traversing the barrier between Niger and Kwara states had also been submerged.

Submerged roads also render travelers stranded, trapped in flooding areas.

The Kogi State Red Cross Society noted that many houses, as well as roads had been submerged in Lokoja, rendering many people homeless. The submerged roads which served to link the north central and southern parts of the country together meant that travelers had been stranded. Some were reportedly trapped for days in flooding areas. Okeke Grace Eche, narrating her traveling experience from Lokoja to Abuja stated that the trip which was supposed to be only a few hours lasted two days and was the most terrifying two nights of her life. Locals, in most of these submerged areas are taxiing themselves with canoes which Abdullahi, a member of the Red Cross Society said was liable to cause more fatal accidents.

Yahaya Bello, after visiting these submerged areas by canoe, stated that his administration was working to immensely reduce the flood impact in these communities, whilst also urging those affected to relocate to the available displaced camps in the state. NEMA revealed that the release of excess water from a dam in Cameroon had added to the already disastrous flooding situation that had ravaged Nigeria. This release of the water cascades to the River Niger and Benue had caused more inundation of communities that were already affected by heavy precipitation. NEMA further revealed that the released excess complicated the situation in Nigeria as the country’s inland reservoirs were also expected to overflow through October and thus, predicting the crisis to have serious complications on frontline states along the River Niger and Benue courses.

Climate activists calling for climate finance to salvage this crisis.

According to NEMA, Anambra and Kogi states were among the predicted 13 states expected to be overrun by the overflowing water. Reports claim that Kogi state has been severely impacted this year by flooding than what was recorded during the last major flooding in 2012. Asides Kogi state, Nasarawa state is also experiencing a severe flooding crisis which have resulted in the loss of numerous ravaged farmlands and produce. In Adamawa state, people are reportedly dying from flood-related incidents. 37 people were reported dead and over 170,000 others displaced. Climate activists are however urging the need for climate finances to salvage the climate crisis in Nigeria.


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jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

it’s such a pity that this is happening all drainage systems in Nigeria is a no for me and the citizens have been warned about all these but it seems they don’t heed to warnings at all, we all fail to prepare for this better luck next time.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

I don’t think it’s only the Cameroonian excess water from their dam that has caused this flooding. It is also as a result of climate change. Our drainages has also been blocked. The government should look into this problem and look for a lasting solution.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

Drastic measures should be taken in management and releasing of water from this dam because lots is been lost everytime water is release.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

This is so sad many lives and property’s as been lost to the flood necessary measure should be done to afford flood all drainage that are block should be unblock and the water release from the dam also affect it measure should be taken so that kind of thing of flood will not cause us lives and property’s

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

Some states are experiencing a severe flooding crisis which have resulted in the loss of numerous ravaged farmlands and produce. I will urge the govt to make available the need for climate finances to salvage the climate crisis in the country.

Last edited 1 year ago by Iyanu12345ogg
Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

Communities previously impacted by severe precipitation had seen extra flooding as a result of this release of water cascades to the River Niger and Benue.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

Even while this tragedy occurs on a regular basis, the carnage caused by it is at an all-time high this year.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

At the very least 27 of Nigeria’s 36 states are currently being affected by flooding, which poses a risk to both the people living there and the property they own.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

We registered retirees in the contributory pension as a secession from the NUP when it grew too large and there was unhappiness among pensioners everywhere.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

Even the nation’s capital, Abuja, has been put in danger by this threat, which has resulted in the uprooting of hundreds of thousands of households and the destruction of further farmlands and agricultural products.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

This flood has occured before. We need look into it, if they is anything we can do about it to stop it. We need to do research about it

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

NEMA revealed that the release of excess water from a dam in Cameroon had added to the already disastrous flooding situation that had ravaged Nigeria. This release of the water cascades to the River Niger and Benue had caused more inundation of communities that were already affected by heavy precipitation. This is very sad

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

Federal Government need to find a solution to the constant flooding experience in Nigeria. Cameroonian also need to control how dams are opened to control how water flow through Nigeria regions.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

People’s houses, business, properties have been ruined because of someone’s irresponsibility to plan ahead for situations like this. And since this calamity, nothing has beem done yet.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Federal government needs to take immediate actions on this issue of flooding that has been ravaging properties and claiming lives. Its needs to be control.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

Cameroonian should please control how dams are released to reduce flooding, lost of lives and properties in Nigeria. Federal Government of Nigeria should also take the required step to curtail the rate of flooding in the country.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

The Ibaji region of Kogi, the worst impacted location, was confirmed by the state governor to be completely underwater, and at least 6 people, including a toddler, were reported deceased there.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had issued a warning in the past about the possibility of a flooding disaster occurring in the states that are located around the courses of the Rivers Niger and Benue, noting that three of the country’s reservoirs were at or near capacity and were expected to overflow.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

However, climate activists are stressing the importance of climate financing as a means to mitigate the effects of the climate catastrophe in Nigeria.

Last edited 1 year ago by Kazeem1
Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

in the majority of these flooded districts, people are taxiing themselves around in canoes, which Abdullahi, a member of the Red Cross Society, said was likely to produce an increase in the number of deadly accidents.