National Emergency Management Agency 2018 Floods – Situation Report No 4 NEOC Date: 09 October 2018
|Post date||Wednesday, 10 October, 2018 - 12:54|
|Document Type||Report, Situation Report|
|Content Themes||Emergency Response, Nutrition, Food Security, Floods, Coordination|
As of 09 October, 103 Local Government Areas (LGAs) across 10 States have been impacted by severe flooding, with an estimated 1,921,026 people affected so far. Out of these, 561,442 people have been internally displaced and 351,236 are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. The death toll stands at 199 people since late August with 1,306 injuries reported. Areas located along the Niger and Benue rivers have been the most affected by flooding. Recent assessment visits to Kebbi State confirms that riparian LGAs located along the banks of the Niger river have suffered severe inundation. Meanwhile, the situation has deteriorated in the southernmost coastal areas, especially Bayelsa state where some of the major rivers pass through. Some 517,694 persons are estimated to have been affected by flooding in Bayelsa State alone, with several communities, schools, houses and hospitals submerged in water. The Bayelsa State Governor has ordered the closure of all schools in the state for safety reasons, and emergency evacuations for affected communities are ongoing. NEMA has installed tents in some communities, and additional homes for displaced persons are being identified in sports complex, schools and nursing homes. NEMA is already providing relief material but there is the need for more especially food items as farming communities have seen their farmlands and crops destroyed by the flooding. Despite slightly falling water levels at Lokoja measuring point, uncertainty remains as floodwaters will likely take time to recede, and with continuous pressing humanitarian needs in terms of shelter for displaced people, food and non‐food items, as well as prevention/control of major health risks such as cholera and malaria.