Nigeria, hundreds of deaths and crops destroyed by floods
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Nigeria, hundreds of deaths and crops destroyed by floods

Hundreds of deaths and millions of displaced people in Nigeria due to the floods that hit the country this year. The alarm for food supplies rises: the country, according to the United Nations, risks a famine of “catastrophic levels”.

It is a huge natural catastrophe that Nigeria has been experiencing for months now. The country is on its knees due to the devastating floods that have so far caused the death of at least 600 people and destroyed over 80,000 homes. In addition, there are nearly 1.4 million displaced people and hundreds of thousands of devastated agricultural land. This was announced in a tweet published on October 14 by Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Nigerian minister for humanitarian affairs and crisis management.

The devastation of floods in Nigeria aggravates an already very complicated situation due to the food crisis in the country and the jihadist armed campaign of Boko Haram in the north-east, a conflict that has already caused the displacement of over three million people.

Almost all the regions of Nigeria are submerged due to the overflow of the rivers, whose banks have been damaged by the rains that have continued steadily since last June. Still according to Farouq, despite recent warnings from Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (Nema), “many regions were not prepared for floods”.

According to Nema, this is the most serious environmental disaster that has hit the country since 2012, when the floods caused 363 deaths and over two million people were left homeless. The Nigerian Meteorological Agency also said that the floods could continue until the end of November in some southern regions, including Anambra, Delta, Rivers, Cross River and Bayelsa.

Therefore, the alarm rises for the supply of food and fuel, with the means of transport stuck in the mud of the completely flooded streets. Fears confirmed by the UN World Food Program (WFP), according to which Nigeria is among the six countries facing a high risk of “catastrophic levels of famine”.

For this reason, the government stated in a statement that it had begun the extraordinary distribution of 12 thousand tons of food products in the affected regions.

The problem of flooding – as reported by the New York Times – occurs every year in Nigeria, due to frequent water leaks from a dam located in Cameroon, along the eastern border, which causes flooding downstream.

Furthermore, according to what Carbon Brief experts say, the risk of flooding for African states has become twice as high due to the “extreme rains” brought about by climate change.