Lagos: More than 500 people have died and 1,546 others have been injured due to heavy rains and floods in Nigeria this year.
The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Nasir Thani Gwarzo, said that the flood has wreaked havoc in 31 states and the federal capital, affecting 1.4 million people and leaving 790,254 homeless.
While informing about the flood in Abuja, the official said that 44 thousand houses were partially damaged by the flood and about 45 thousand houses were completely destroyed. In addition, 140 thousand hectares of agricultural land were partially or completely destroyed. It has been ruined.
He said that the Federal Executive Council has recently approved the National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, which provides guidelines on mitigating the effects of floods.