Tragic as flood kills 10 family members in Afghanistan

Ten members of a family were killed overnight in a village in the capital of Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province due to heavy rainfall and flooding, local officials said on Sunday. Rescue teams are searching for the remaining victims after four bodies were recovered, the head of the information and culture department Zabihullah Amiri said in a statement. There are no reports of survivors from the family. Flooding has deepened Afghanistan’s already dire humanitarian crisis, adding to the death toll caused by multiple natural disasters in recent years. The World Food Programme, WFP, said in a statement that floods in the past few weeks have affected at least 80,000 people in the country. This month, Afghan authorities reported more than 400 deaths due to flash floods across different provinces. Baghlan province in the north was hit the hardest. Extreme weather events such as flash floods and droughts are on the rise in Afghanistan. Experts blame the climate crisis for this. The country remains among the world’s top 10 climate-impacted nations despite having a negligible carbon footprint. After decades of wars and conflicts, …

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Flood: FG inaugurates N420m canal in Kogi

LOKOJA- The Federal Government has inaugurated a N420million 625metres canal constructed by the  National-Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (N-HYPPADEC) in Koton Karfe, Kogi. Sen. George Akume, Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), inaugurated the project on Thursday in Koton Karfe, with a call on the people to ensure its maintenance. Akume, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Simon Tyungu, said that the Koton Karfe Flood Control Project stands as a testament to President Bola Tinubu’s resolve to ameliorate the sufferings of the people. He commended the management team of N-HYPPADEC, especially the  Managing Director, Alh. Abubakar Yelwa, for their tireless efforts in ensuring the successful completion of the project, which began last year. The SGF said: “With the inauguration of this critical infrastructure, and the commitment of the commission to replicate efforts like this in other flood-prone communities, we can look forward to a future where the specter of devastating floods no longer looms over our communities. “Nevertheless, the completion of this project is just the beginning of our journey towards a safer and more secure future. …

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One dead, 14 others injured in Yobe flood

Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, has revealed that one person lost his life while 14 others sustained varying degrees of injuries due to flooding in Damaturu, the State capital. The Executive Secretary of the agency, Mohammed Goje gave the revelation on Friday via his verified Facebook page, noting that the SEMA team had carried out a rapid assessment of the disaster.“Findings revealed that over 200 households have been affected in Ganyen Kura; Malari Behind WfP Warehouse; 3-bedroom Gujba Road Housing Estate; Pompomari, Nayi-Nawa; Abbari West and Bulabulin Tsallake communities”, he posted. While commiserating with the victims, the humanitarian agency assured that they would receive first line support within available resources. “While resources are mobilised, communities are enjoined to please adhere to early warnings on relocation, drainage clearing and all measures that will prevent adverse effects of flooding,” he appealed.

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Nigeria suffered $7bn economic damage to floods in 2022 – FG

The Federal Government says the country’s infrastructural damage from the flood in 2022 stood at about $7 billion. The Vice President, Kashim Shettima, disclosed this at a UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Abuja on Tuesday. Shettima was represented by Deputy Chief of Staff Ibrahim Hassan, who added that the 2022 flood led to the loss of 600 lives in Nigeria. According to him, Nigeria is negatively impacted by climate change, one of humanity’s biggest challenges. “We are all living witnesses to the ravaging floods of last year (2022), which held the country to a standstill for days. The World Bank’s Global Rapid post-disaster damage estimation assessment put the total direct economic damage to infrastructure at about $7bn,” he said.

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Flood: NEMA alerts 14 states, 31 communities

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says that 14 states and 31 communities may witness heavy rainfall leading to flooding from July 4 – 8 across the country. This is in a statement signed by Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Territorial Coordinator, NEMA, Lagos Territorial Office. Farinloye urged relevant stakeholders within the states concerned to take precautionary measures to forestall loss of lives and property. He listed the states and communities as Plateau: Langtang and Shendam; Kano State: Sumaila, Tudun Wada; Sokoto State: Shagari, Goronyo and Silame; Delta: Okwe. Others include Kaduna State: Kachia; Akwa Ibom: Upenekang; Adamawa: Mubi, Demsa, Song, Mayo-Belwa, Jimeta, and Yola; Katsina State: Katsina, Jibia, Kaita and Bindawa. He also added Kebbi State: Wara, Yelwa and Gwandu; Zamfara: Shinkafi and Gummi Borno: Briyel; Jigawa: Gwaram; Kwara: Jebba; Niger: Mashegu and Kontagora are also included. Farinloye thanked the Flood Early Warning System (FEWS) Central Hub of the Federal Ministry of Environment Abuja for sharing the information. (NAN)

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Flooding: Kogi, Anambra, Yobe, others on red alert amid fears

The Federal Government of Nigeria and State Governments are taking steps to mitigate the anticipated severe flooding in 2023 as the rainy season starts. The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had warned that this year’s flood might be worse than in 2022. Farmlands, infrastructure, houses, vehicles and other properties were destroyed in 34 States- Adamawa, Anambra, Bayelsa, Kebbi, Kogi, Kaduna, Niger, Yobe, and Zamfara were among the most affected. The situation was so serious that the United Nations (UN) released $10.5million from the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to alleviate the impacts. The 2023 Flood Outlook issued by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) in February revealed that 178 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in 32 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are under threat. During the mid-term review of the Sendai Framework For Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) held last Friday at the UN Headquarters in New York, NEMA assured of its preparedness. Nigeria’s statement forwarded to DAILY POST by spokesperson Manzo Ezekiel, shows the 2022 flood affected 4 million …

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Flood: NEDC Donates Relief Materials To Taraba Govt For Victims

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo The North East Development Commission on Friday donated both food and non food items to the Taraba government as assistance to victims of the 2022 flood. Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, Managing Director of the commission, while presenting the items to Gov Darius Ishaku said that the gesture was to cushion the effect of the disaster on the people. He said that the Federal government was worried over the condition of the victims.He expressed the destination of the commission to intervane in critical situations that affected the people of the region. Alkali said that the commission had already awarded contracts for the construction of three mega schools in each of the three Senatorial districts in the state. He also said that the commission had carried out it’s needs assessment in both federal and state tertiary institutions in the state and that the commission had procured a modern fire equipment for Federal Polytechnic Bali. He commended Gov. Ishaku for his quick respond to the flood disaster in the state. In his remark, Ishaku commended the commission for the housing …

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NEMA Donates Relief Materials To Yobe Flood Victims

By Ahmed Abba Damaturu, – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) donated food items to Yobe flood victims on Tuesday in Damaturu. NEMA’s director-general, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, said the donation was to complement the state government’s effort in assisting the flood victims. Ahmed was represented at the presentation by NEMA’s Deputy Director, Human Resources, Alhaji Muhammed Kanar. “To ameliorate the sufferings of the affected persons, the Federal Government through NEMA has approved the delivery of the materials,’’ he said. He listed the items to include 1,000 bags of 10kg rice, 1,000 bags of 10kg beans, 1,000 bags of 10kg maize, 75 bags of salt and 75 kegs of vegetable oils. Others were 150 cartons of seasoning cubes, 75 cartons of tin tomatoes, 7,350 pieces of nylon mats and 1,000 pieces of insecticide-treated mosquito nets. Others still were 2,500 pieces of guinea brocade, 1,000 pieces of new children’s wear, 600 cartons of toilet soap, 1,000 pieces of men and women’s wears each. In appreciation, Gov. Mai Mala Buni commended the Federal Government and NEMA for the support to the state. Buni, represented …

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Floods, Landslides Kill 110, Affect Over 2.4m In Philippines

Manila, – The Philippines’ disaster agency, on Tuesday said floods and landslides, triggered by a tropical storm in the country, have killed 110 people, affected almost 2.4 million. According to the agency, 33 people are still missing, while more than 100 persons have been injured. The agency added that 59 of the dead were from the southern province of Maguindanao, where more than 100 houses were swept away by floods or buried in landslides. It said 16 were still missing in Maguindanao, but authorities said it was less likely for survivors to be found at this point. The agency said 22 of the fatalities were from the Western Visayas region, while 12 were from the provinces of Cavite, Laguna and Batangas, just south of Manila. The affected areas have suffered widespread flooding after storm Nalgae brought heavy rains days before it made landfall in the eastern Philippines on Saturday. The weather bureau said Nalgae has moved off the Philippines, but a new tropical storm was moving towards the country’s eastern coast and was expected to bring more rain. Storm Banyan, …

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Traditional Ruler In Bayelsa Sleeps In Car As Floods Sack Palace

By Ekio Benson Iziama  H Tungbo (Bayelsa), – His Highness, Amos Poubinafa, traditional ruler of Tungbo town in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa now sleeps in his car as floods have sacked him from his palace. “I have been sleeping in my Toyota Sienna for two weeks since the flood ravaged the palace. “It reached the knee level and made the palace uninhabitable,’’ the retired naval officer told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Tungbo. “The car is the only safe place for me; the entire building is flooded and there is no safer place for me to sleep. “My family has been relocated to Yenagoa. As the Captain on board (traditional ruler) this vessel, I cannot abandon my subjects to seek alternative abode outside the town. “By my training as a naval officer, I am not expected to abandon the crew I am leading in my vessel. I am expected to be the last man standing,’’ he said. Poubinafa also told NAN that he equally suffered in the floods of 2012 as he could not …

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Flood: Ex-commissioner Urges Diri To Approach Bayelsa Assembly For Special Funds

By Nathan Nwakamma Yenagoa, – A former Commissioner for Information in Bayelsa, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, has appealed to Gov. Douye Diri approach the State assembly to increase the flood relief funds allocated to communities affected by the disaster in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor had approved N450 million for relief to about one million displaced people across the eight local government areas of the state. Iworiso-Markson in a statement, said the fund was grossly inadequate to cater for the feeding, medical support and general welfare of victims of the flood, particularly those around the Ayama axis and  Otuokpoti community.  ”By the sharing formula, most households could not sustain themselves with the funds beyond a day or two, insisting that more money should be made available to the victims,” he said.  Iworiso-Markson, candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the 2023 Ogbia Federal Constituency election, said that it would be justifiable if the governor approached the state house of assembly to request for special funds to be spent on …

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Delta residents cry out as flood submergers homes, farmlands, others

Indigenes of Igbide and Ofagbe communities in Isoko South and Isoko North Local Government Areas of Delta State have deserted their homes as flood completely submerged their buildings and farmlands. A look at the situation, shows that Ofagbe community, the NYSC corpers lodge, Gospel Church of Christ, Oketa Grammar School have been overtaken by the flood. Also swallowed by the flood were Ofagbe District Customary Court, Ebe Primary School in Ovrode Community, a nearby community leading to Ofagbe. Accessing the communities is with the use of speed boats which costs one thousand naira per passenger. This is even as the Delta South Senatorial Candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, Rtd., on Sunday visited and donated relief materials to the flood victims at Igbide and Ofagbe Communities in Isoko South and Isoko North Local Government Areas respectively to cushion the effects on them. Addressing newsmen, he urged politicians and well meaning individuals to put politics aside and render help to the flood victims who are suffering. Commodore Nesiama, who was flanked by the NNPP Delta State …

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CAN laments deadly floods in Nigeria, seeks presidential relief fund

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged the Federal Government to set up a Presidential Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Committee. The apex religious body said victims of the deadly floods across the nation were in dire need of financial support. CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh issued a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. The cleric lamented the number of people displaced, as well as homes, businesses, farmlands, and worship centres damaged. Okoh said the committee should consist of eminent and wealthy Nigerians, who will mobilise assistance from the public and private sectors. “Diligent intervention by all stakeholders will reduce the burden imposed by the natural disaster”, he noted. The leader urged the authorities to design and implement permanent solutions to the flood disaster. He called for an improved warning system, flood-resilient buildings, and increased spending on flood defences. Okoh also advised Nigerians in rural and urban areas to embrace planting of trees strategically. “The authorities should stop at nothing to restore rivers to their natural courses and introduce water storage areas. “Apart from clearing the drainage, the government should also …

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FG warns Nigerians to avoid Lokoja-Abuja road

The Federal Government has warned people who are travelling from the Southern and Eastern parts of Nigeria to the North through Kogi State, to avoid the Lokoja-Abuja dual carriageway. Engr Jimoh Kajogbola, the Federal Controller of Works in Kogi State, gave the warning in a statement in Lokoja, admonishing motorists to opt for alternative routes. Kajogbola said, “Due to the flooding in the country, River Niger has overflowed the Lokoja-Abuja dual carriageway at Koton-Karfe and rendered it dangerous to road users. “Abuja-bound motorists from the South-West are advised to pass through the Ilorin-Mokwa-Bida road, while motorists from the East and South-South are advised to pass through Makurdi-Lafia road.” The alternative roads, according to him, should be adhered to pending the time the water level will recede. Kajogbola said that the advice equally applies to South-South, South-East and South-West bound motorists from the Northern parts of the country. He urged them to either take Abuja-Lafia-Makurdi-Otukpa road or Abuja-Bida-Mokwa-Jebba road pending the time that the water will subside at Koton-Karfe.

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Flash flood hits Lagos communities

Ikeja – Reports reaching Precise Post has it that hundreds of residents were yesterday afternoon sacked from their homes and vehicles nearly submerged after flash floods affected Ekoro, Ajisebiara-Mecca, Akowonjo, Oko Oba and Egbeda areas of Lagos State. The flood said to have been caused by heavy rains that saw the canal overflowing its banks, also fell several electric poles and caused fears of electrocution. It was gathered that the rains started around 1:20pm. The Nation gathered that some residents returned to their homes only to find water everywhere. Some of the residents were said to have hurriedly moved their wards to safety while others battled to salvage their appliances already in the water. At least 25 vehicles were said to have been flooded while in traffic as people made emergency dams with concrete pillars tried to prevent the water from spreading further. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) appealed to motorists plying the axis to be very cautious. NEMA’s Southwest Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye said emergency workers were currently undertaking enumeration of affected houses in the various communities. He said …

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