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Flooding: Federal Government To Meet Cameroon, Tasks State Government On Evacuation

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Over 2.5 million persons are affected by current floods which hit Nigeria when Cameroonian authorities released water from their Lagdo Dam.Of this figure, 1.3 people are displaced, 2,407 persons injured, and 603 persons lost their lives.

These figures were released on Sunday in Abuja by the the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, while unveiling Nigeria’s preparation to meet with the Government of Republic of Cameroon over the release of water from Lagdo Dam at a press conference.

Farouq also tasked state governments to put more efforts on the evacuation of flood victims to higher grounds.She said about 121,318 houses were partially damaged, 82,053 houses were totally damaged, 108,392 hectares of farmlands were partially damaged and 332,327 hectares of farmlands were totally damaged.

She also states that on May 12, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency released the Annual Flood Outlook.According to her, “immediately after these two releases, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) was all out in the media and went to all States and FCT.

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