Report: Over 300 Nigerians killed in floods in 2022

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According to Save the Children, over 300 people had died as a result of the Nigerian floods of 2022 across several states as of September.

According to the top UK-based humanitarian group, the neighboring Niger Republic saw at least 75 fatalities.

The organization estimates that floods in both nations have affected more than 150,000 people, approximately half of them children.

Homes, livelihoods, crops, and livestock have all suffered significant damage as a result of the excessive rain in southern Niger and northern Nigeria.

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Several settlements along the Nigeria-Nigeria border have been completely wrecked by flooding, which has also damaged or washed away some 14,500 dwellings.

Maradi, Zinder, Tillaberi, and Tahoua regions in Niger are affected; Adamawa, Borno, Jigawa, Kogi, Borno, and Yobe states in Nigeria are affected.
The report said in Yobe, 1.6 million people – nearly 40 percent of the population – don’t know where their next meal will come from.

“An estimated 6.3 million children under five were already predicted to suffer from malnutrition across the Sahel this year.

“Now with flooding damaging crops and other food sources, hunger levels in Niger and Nigeria are likely to worsen”, it notified.

Famari Barro, Save the Children’s Country Director in Nigeria called for assistance to those affected, particularly kids.

Barro urged stakeholders to ensure that children can go back to school soon and that families can return safely to their homes.

“Without immediate support, the situation could deteriorate…and significant displacement could still occur with negative coping mechanisms such as child begging or sex for money.

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“To date, the humanitarian response plan for Nigeria for 2022 has only been 37% funded. The worst is probably not over, we must act and develop prevention measures”, the director urged.

In late August, the Nigerian government announced that the floods had claimed 115 Nigerians, injured about 300 people, and displaced nearly 75,000.

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