Nearly a quarter of a million households in Nigeria are at risk after heavy rains caused flooding that has inundated more than half the country. The rainfall began in July and has continued into September, causing Nigeria’s two main rivers – the Niger and the Benue – to burst their banks. The resulting disaster is affecting 34 of the country’s 36 states and has caused almost 200 deaths and hundreds more injured to date.
On 13 July, seven states across Nigeria experienced devastating floods that displaced thousands of people from their homes.
The heavy rainfall continued into September, when Nigeria’s two main rivers – the Niger and the Benue – overflowed and inundated surrounding communities. A state of emergency was declared in
Kogi, Niger, Delta and Anambra states on 17 September. On 11 October, a state of emergency was declared in Adamawa, Bayelsa, Kebbi, Rivers, and Taraba states.
More than 1.9 million people have been affected; 210,206 people have been displaced, and 1,036 people were injured.
Since the onset of the flooding, Red Cross volunteers have been conducting search and rescue efforts, supporting evacuations as well as providing psychosocial support and first aid to those who have fled to safety in displacement camps.
IFRC, with contributions by the ICRC, is supporting the Nigerian Red Cross who has already started distributing food and essential household items such as blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, buckets, female hygiene kits and sanitation item to more than 10,000 families.