Daily Trust (Abuja)

7 November 2012

Nigeria: Floods - World Bank to Conduct Post-Disaster Assessment

World Bank in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) will conduct a post disaster needs assessment across the 28 states affected by the recent floods.

NEMA had said that 363 people died over months of flooding and 2.2 million others were affected.

NEMA Director General Mohammed Sani Sidi, represented by the Director of Finance and Account, Hakeem Akinbola, stated this at an orientation workshop for officials of the State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs), state ministries of agriculture, environment and housing yesterday in Abuja.

A statement by NEMA spokesman, Yusha'u Shuaibu, stated that the assessment became necessary in view of plans to embark on rehabilitation and reconstruction of communities affected by the disaster.

UN Country Resident Coordinator, Mr. Daouda Toure, disclosed that the post disaster needs assessment would assess the impact of natural disaster on infrastructure, people and adopt a joint recovery strategy.

Toure said UN, World Bank and European Union were ready to support the Federal Government in the spirit of the 2008 Joint Agreement on post crisis cooperation.

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