6 November 2012

Nigeria: Floods Kill 363, Displace Two Million - NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NE-MA) yesterday said 363 people died over months of flooding across the country and 2.2 million others were displaced.

The agency said Ada-mawa and Kogi states recorded higher figures of casualties, noting that 256 local government councils throughout the federation were affected.

The agency stated this in a statement by its spokesman Yushau A. Shuaib on provisional casualty figure on the flood situation between July and October.

"In a report from the Emergency Situation Room of the agency, a total of 7,705, 398 persons were affected by the flood between July 1 and October 31. Out of the affected population, 2,157, 419 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were registered across the affected states.

"The figure also indicates that 363 persons died while 18, 282 people were treated for injuries they sustained during the flooding.

"The Emergency Situation Room of NEMA regularly obtains and updates data from reliable sources, especially from field rescue officers, response agencies and active volunteers in emergency management in the country. The data are further subjected to verification and authentication processes in a joint exercise involving other the relevant stakeholders."

The agency said the full detail of the report will soon be released to the public.

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