Nigeria’s Flood Death Toll Hits 603 As 2.5m Affected Says FG

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The federal government has announced that as at yesterday, the death toll of flood disaster has hit 603.

This comes as a report released by experts and warned that the agricultural losses recorded from recent flooding incidents will further worsen food scarcity.

Speaking in Abuja while giving updates on the flood situation at a press briefing, the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk disclosed that the total number of persons affected was over 2.5 million.

She said displaced persons affected were over 1.3 million people while the number of injured victims are 2,407, a total of 121,318 houses were partially damaged while 82, 053 were totally damaged.

The minister disclosed that 108,392 hectares of farmlands were partially destroyed while 332,327 hectares of farmlands were totally destroyed.

While expressing sadness over the recent boat mishap in Anambra State and other locations in the country, Farouk noted that the metrological agencies have warned that States like Anambra, Delta, Cross River, Rivers, and Bayelsa were still at risk of experiencing floods up till the end of November.

She, however, called on the respective state governments, LGAs, and communities to get prepared by evacuating people living on flood plains.

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