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Over 300 lives lost to flood disasters in Nigeria in 2022, says NEMA

The Director General of NEMA, Mr Mustapha Ahmed, who disclosed this at a strategic workshop with stakeholders on disaster risk reduction and management, in Abuja, said 2022 flood disasters would be worse than that of 2012.

 

At least, 300 people have so far been killed in flood disaster across Nigeria in 2022, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has disclosed.

The agency also said more than 50 flood disaster alerts were received on a daily basis with more 100 communities affected as the number keeps increasing by the day.

The Director General of NEMA, Mr Mustapha Ahmed, who disclosed this at a strategic workshop with stakeholders on disaster risk reduction and management, in Abuja, said 2022 flood disasters would be worse than that of 2012.

Persecondnews recalls that in 2012, NEMA reported that at least 363 fatalities and over 2.1 million people displaced by floods.

Ahmed blamed state government for not heeding the warnings which, according to him, makes disaster reduction and management very difficult.

Persecondnews also recalls that the federal government recently approved a National flood emergency preparedness and response plan in Nigeria.

This plan, according to the government, is for more resilience and effective response measures to mitigate the impact of flooding on Nigerians.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Umar Farouq, who disclosed this after one of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings, urged all states and operational stakeholders to implement the plan in order to advance national development.

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