Hundreds killed in Nigeria floods, more than 1.4 million displaced
At least 619 people were killed and more than 1.4 million homes were damaged by floods in northeastern Nigeria, the region worst-hit by tropical cyclone Idai earlier this month, and a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said a further 1,500 people had been evacuated to a relief camp in Kano on Saturday.
The number of people directly affected by the disaster has risen to 718 as some 1,948 people have been displaced to the relief centres, with the remaining 942 displaced to other states or abroad.
As the disaster worsened, the UK and several other international airlines stopped flights to and from the country, while the country’s only international airport had not reopened in over three days.
Some 1,160,000 homes were flooded, while another 1.4 million people were without electricity, according to the latest assessment by the International Centre for the Settlement of Land Claims.
According to the latest reports, more than 1,500 people died in northern Nigeria, with most of the victims – around 722 – from the state of Zamfara, and five deaths were recorded from Kano.
In Zamfara, the death toll rose to 112 as the death toll from Idai rose to 1,856.
Other states that bore the brunt of the disaster, like Gombe, Yobe and Adamawa, also suffered heavy rains, with two deaths in Gombe and two in Yobe, and four dead in Adamawa, after the cyclone wreaked havoc in the northern regions.
There are currently 16,000 displaced people in the country.
According to the latest report, 1,153 people died in the cyclone, with the death toll rising to 1,895 in the state of Zamfara, and another 13 people died in the state of Gombe.
In Adamawa, four people were killed and in the state of Yobe, three people were killed, while in Gombe, one person was killed and five people were killed in Zamfara.
According to the latest report, 4,500 people were displaced in the state of Adamawa, while 5,500 people were displaced in the state of Yobe.
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