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More than one hundred have died in the floods in Nigeria

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More than one hundred have died in the floods in Nigeria

Once again, Nigeria is struck by natural
disasters. More than one hundred people have died in the past two weeks in the flooding of Nigeria”€™s two major rivers located in the northern central region.
According to reports by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), heavy rains have caused the Niger and Benue rivers to overflow, forcing thousands to
leave their homes, and destroying vast areas of farmland.

The Director of NEMA, Mustapha Yunusa
Maihaja, reported to the BBC that the most dramatically impact has been on the
state of Niger, where more than forty have died. The government is encouraging
those who live along the waterways to relocate to safer areas.

Last week, Nigerian President Muhammadu
Buhari announced a state of emergency and authorized the allocation of three billion naira (about 8.2 million dollars) to provide assistance and health care to those who have been displaced. Further flooding could occur in the coming days and worsen in the weeks that follow, all due to the heavy rains. In the
meantime, according to the news this morning, an International Red Cross
humanitarian worker in Nigeria, kidnapped a few weeks ago by the Boko Haram terrorist group, was reported to have been killed.


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