Floods in Nigeria kill 100 people

Flood NEMA receives N3bn to respond mitigate disaster

Flood NEMA receives N3bn to respond mitigate disaster

Mr Maihaja said that the agency has immediately swung into action in case there are more worrying indications of a looming flood.

The declaration further culminated to the constitution of six committees that went round twelve states.

Heavy rains, which caused the Niger River and Benue River to overflow have caused major flooding in Nigeria's southwest and central regions. Lojoka, the city at the rivers' confluence in Kogi state, has also been hard-hit by flooding, authorities said. It is a confirmation that the level of water is on significant increase.

At the command centre in Abuja, the NEMA DG and other chief executives will be responsible for the formulating of policy and operational guidelines for the conduct of emergency operation in all the worst affected states.

"But with the threatening inflow at the Lagdo Dam, the authorities said it would be forced to discharge the water and the effect would be extremely devastating".

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According to BBC reporters on the ground, there have been 12 states affected by flooding, including Kwara, Benue, Kogi, Adamawa, Taraba, Kebbi, Bayelsa, Edo, Anambra, Rivers and Delta, but the flooding appears to have hit Niger State the hardest, where around 40 people have been killed.

Martins Ejike, a co-ordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), told reporters in Port Harcourt, the state capital, that the floods began since August.

The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency warned for several weeks of impending flooding that could be comparable to disastrous flooding in Nigeria in 2012, in which 363 people died and more than 2 million were displaced.

He said that the nation would be given regular information and updates on further developments.

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