36,331 others have been displaced

The disaster management coordinator of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, Umar Mairiga, on Monday, announced that flooding across the country has left more than 137 people dead since July.

He also revealed that about 36,331 people were displaced across 15 affected states, adding that the latest weather forecasts suggest the damage could be more aggravated.

?The latest information that may compound the situation is that the River Niger is overflowing its banks,? he said.

So far, the affected states include Lagos, Niger and Adamawa, where 30 people were killed following the release of water from a dam in Cameroon, which caused River Benue to overflow.

The coordinator further revealed that there have been contradictory reports from different government agencies regarding the damage caused by the flood, saying the emergency officials in Adamawa State said about 121,000 people were displaced.

It will be recalled that last week the Niger State government announced that 68 people had died, while 500,000 had been displaced by flood since July.

Mairiga expressed worries that riverbank communities in central states like Kogi may be at risk of being submerged, following the overflow of River Niger, which cuts through several southern and central states.

The rainy season in Nigeria is usually from March to September. Although some of the states in the country have already experienced heavy rainfall causing flash floods, there could still be much to be expected.

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