Nigeria: In the unfavourable weather conditions, half a million people of Nigeria have been hard-hit by floods. The country has witnessed huge rainfall since the start of the year, which has led to seasonal flooding.
President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari shared an update on the current situation of Nigeria and stated that twenty-three of the most popular countries of Africa and these countries’ 36 states are affected by the flood-like situation.
On Tuesday, Buhari’s office also issued a statement on the situation and stated that every possible emergency service would be provided to the people of Nigeria. They were providing possible aid to the people, and people were receiving regular updates on the floods. Since January this year, around 500,000 people in Nigeria have been affected by the natural calamity.
In his statement, Buhari mentioned, “Around 73,379 people have been displaced by the destructive natural disasters which further caused more than 100 casualties, Nigeria have reported around 270 injuries among people.”
The regional capital of northeast Borno State in Maiduguri, which is the epicentre of the countries more than decade-long jihadist insurgency faced huge destruction as people have displaced due to the conflicts and have seen their farms and homes are totally destroyed by floods.
“For the past 20 years, we haven’t experienced such heavy floods. But this year, they have destroyed our farms, our homes and even taken the lives of some of us,” Maiduguri resident Auwal Abale told AFP.
“Yesterday we found a corpse floating on the water surface.”
Nigeria’s grinding 13-year jihadist war in the northeast has killed more than 40,000 and displaced more than two million from their homes, mostly in Borno State.
Flooding is common in many parts of Nigeria during the rainy season which runs from May to September. A decade ago, Nigeria suffered disastrous floods across most of its states, leaving hundreds dead and more than two million homeless.