United Nations says 2.8Million people affected by Flooding In Nigeria

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The United Nations has raised the alarm that flooding in Nigeria has affected more than 2.8 million men, women, and children.

This was stated by UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric during a press briefing at the UN headquarters in New York, NAN reports.

According to the Nigerian government, over 600 people have died, and 1.3 million people have been displaced.

Stephane Dujarric said, “We are gravely concerned that the flooding will worsen the already alarming food insecurity and malnutrition situation in Nigeria.

“More than 440,000 hectares of farmland have been partially or totally damaged at a time when more than 19 million people across Nigeria are facing severe food insecurity.”

According to a UN spokesman, cereal production would likely fall by 3.4% in 2021 due to flooding, high agricultural production expenses, and insecurity.

“Since July, national authorities in Nigeria have provided food, non-food items and clean drinking water to thousands of impacted households.

“We, along with our humanitarian partners are supporting the government with assessments and response, notably in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states, as well as in other impacted parts of Nigeria.

“We have provided emergency shelter kits, and are working to create local water drains, sandbags, and walling around shelters to mitigate the impacts of the flooding,’’ he added.   

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