More than 600 people have died in the worst floods Nigeria has seen in more than a decade, according to the country’s humanitarian affairs department.
Nigeria’s Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Umar Farouq, said as of Sunday, 603 people have died, 2,407 people have been injured and 1.3 million people have been displaced.
Additionally, around 82,000 homes were completely destroyed, 108,000 hectares of farmland was damaged (raising concerns about Nigeria’s food supply) as well as 332,000 hectares of roads and infrastructure, Farouq said.
“I sympathize and extend my condolences to the state governments and those affected by the unprecedented flooding in our beloved country. At times like this, we come together to support one another,” Farouq tweeted. “I must commend the local communities; who usually act as first responders to provide support to relatives, neighbors and friends.”
I sympathize and offer my condolences to the state governments and those affected by the unprecedented flooding in our dear country. In times like this, we come together to support each other. I must congratulate the local Communities; who generally act as first responders to provide support to loved ones,
— Sadiya Umar Farouq (@Sadiya_farouq) October 14, 2022
Farouq urged leaders of southern states bordering the coast to evacuate people living along canals and other areas that may block water flow.
She said several states had not sufficiently prepared for the floods, despite forecasts.
“While we don’t apportion blame, we must recognize the fact that we have all had enough warning and that our advocacy has been timely,” she said.
Farouq added that local communities need to take climate predictions seriously.
The country implemented a national response plan for all states and local governments and distributed food and supplies to states.