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Flooding: 2.5 Million Victims Helpless In Nigeria Says UN

Oluwatosin Adiyan

The United Nations has said that more than 2.5 million people in Nigeria are in need of immediate alleviation and aid against the reoccurrence of deteriorating flooding.

Over the years, one of the states that is constantly affected by flood is Kogi State. According to a fisherman in the state, he stated that he has been using his canoe to help families, neighbours to move from one place to another as the flood has gone beyond what just anybody can neither face nor handle.

However, about  sixty percent of those affected are children, according to the UN

The UN’s children’s agency, ,United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund -UNICEF, added that people were at high risk of been infected with malaria, waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid, others includes drowning and malnutrition this period.

Also instant provision for shelter, food and water supplies are needed, clothing as well as health and sanitation support, and other necessary flood reliefs to the victims.

Presently, the cases of cholera recorded is about eight thousand and this will grow with time if proactive measures are not taken.

The number of casualties so far recorded is also alarming. About three hundred people have passed away.

In all, more than half of the states in the country are presently battling with flood, as it has occurred in thirty four out of the thirty-six states in Nigeria. 

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