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At Least 500 People Dead, 1.4 Million Displaced from Devastating Floods in Nigeria

Floodwaters in Lokoja, south-central Nigeria, on Thursday. (Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters)

Widespread flooding caused by extreme rainfall and the release of excess water from a dam in neighboring Cameroon has left 1.4 million Nigerians displaced and claimed 500 lives, according to government officials.

The floods also injured 1,546 people, inundated 70,566 hectares of farmland and “totally damaged” 45,249 homes, said Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, the permanent secretary in Nigeria’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

Flooding has affected 27 of Nigeria’s 36 states, officials said.

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Satellite imagery from Landsat 9 showed major swelling of the Niger and Benue rivers in southern Nigeria, where, according to the U.S. space agency NASA, floodwaters “inundated numerous communities.” Where the rivers converged, the imagery revealed floodwaters overwhelming Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state.

“Flooding continued to the south, including a noticeably widespread area spanning southern Kogi and the northern part of Anambra state,” NASA reported.

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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Amudalat Ajasa

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