Nigeria: Floods death toll rises to 603, govt calls for more evacuations – The death toll in Nigeria’s worst floods in a decade has risen.
Some 600 people were confirmed dead Sunday, the Nigerian minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development announced during a media briefing.
2,407 persons have been injured, a total of 2.5 million people have been affected and 82,053 houses houses have been completely damaged.
Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq called on the “State governments, local government councils and Communities to prepare for more flooding by evacuating people living on flood plains to high grounds, provide tents and relief materials, fresh water as well as medical supplies for a possible outbreak of water-borne disease”. Since the end of July, the West African country has been grappling with a wave of flooding.
So far, floods have affected 31 of Nigeria’s 36 states.
Many roads and other key infrastructure were destroyed.
The federal government announced last week it had started delivery of food items to disaster-stricken communities.
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