THE National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has declared that more than 300 people have, so far, been killed in flood disasters across Nigeria in 2022.
The Director-General of NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed, disclosed this at a strategic workshop with stakeholders on disaster risk reduction and management held in Abuja.
He reiterated that over 50 flood disaster alerts were received by the agency daily, with more than 100 communities affected, adding that the numbers have been increasing by the day.
Ahmed said the 2022 flood disaster will be worse than that of 2012.
It should be recalled that in 2012, NEMA reported that at least 363 people were killed and over 2.1 million people were displaced by floods.
The NEMA boss blamed the state government for not heeding to the warnings, which he said makes disaster reduction and management very difficult.
Floods have ravaged some parts of the country in the last few days. Just on Monday, September 12, 2022, some residents of Lagos State lamented the impact of heavy rainfall and the attendant floods that affected several parts of the state.
Nine persons were trapped when a building started sinking in the Mende area of Maryland in Lagos. Also, two persons were confirmed dead in the Alimosho Local Government Area of the state.
In the northern region of Nigeria, the death toll from the floods in Jigawa State rose to 51 as residents continue to recover from the havoc wreaked by the menace.
Also, about 2,051 people have been displaced in Karnaya village in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital.