Nigeria, hundreds dead and crops destroyed by floods: “I have never seen such rains”

Hundreds dead and millions displaced in Nigeria due to the floods that hit the country this year. The alarm for the food supply is rising: the country, according to the United Nations, is at risk of a famine of “catastrophic levels”.

Author: Lorenzo Bonuomo

Source: LaPresse

It’s a huge natural catastrophe taking place there Nigeria for months now. The country is on its knees due to devastating floods that have so far claimed the lives of at least 600 people and destroyed more than 80,000 homes. In addition, there are an estimated 1.4 million people displaced and hundreds of thousands of farmland devastated. He made it known through a tweet published on October 14 Sadiya Umar Farouqthe Nigerian Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Crisis Management.

The devastation of the floods in Nigeria exacerbates an already very complicated situation due to the food crisis in the country and the jihadist armed campaign of Boko Haram in the Northeast, a conflict that has already caused the displacement of more than three million people.

Almost all regions of Nigeria are under water due to overflowing rivers, whose banks have been damaged by the rains that have continued steadily since last June. Again in line with what Farouq said, despite recent warnings from theNigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (Nema), “many regions were not prepared for floods”.

According to Nema, this is the most serious environmental disaster to hit the country since 2012, when floods caused 363 deaths and more than two million people were left homeless. The Nigeria Meteorological Agency also said flooding could continue until the end of November in some southern regions, including Anambra, Delta, Rivers, Cross River and Bayelsa.

Therefore, the alarm is raised for the supply of food and fuel, with the means of transport stuck in the mud of the completely flooded streets. fears confirmed by World Food Program (WFP) according to which Nigeria is among six countries facing a high risk of “catastrophic levels of hunger”.

For this reason, the government said in a statement that it has started the extraordinary distribution of 12,000 tons of food products in the affected regions.

The problem of flooding – as reported by the New York Times – occurs every year in Nigeria, due to frequent water leaks from a dam located in Cameroon along the eastern border, which causes flooding downstream.

According to experts from Carbon Summarymoreover, the risk of flooding for African states has become twice as high due to the “extreme rains” brought about by climate change.

Source: LaPresse
Source: LaPresse

Sister Enza’s Testimony

“There have never been floods like this,” said Sister Enza Guccionemissionary contacted by phone from Vatican News. “Nor are they typical phenomena at this time of year. “Enza Guccione, a missionary of Palermo origin, has been working in Nigeria for about 15 years. During her speech, the operator took the opportunity to launch another appeal to the international community: “We need to bring immediately food, drinking water and medicine”.

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