Nigeria – Thousands Left Homeless After Floods in Ebonyi

A storm lasting several hours brought heavy rain and flooding to Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, Nigeria on Sunday 12 June, 2016.

Local media say that the Iyi-Udele River that runs at the middle of Abakaliki overflowed, flooding areas some 30 metres beyond it’s normal banks.

Nigeria’s Leadership newspaper reported that 5,000 people have been left homeless after the floods destroyed or damaged 100s of houses. Businesses, churches and schools have also suffered damage.

Parts of West Africa have seen significant levels of rainfall over the past week. Flooding has been reported in Accra and Central Region in Ghana, leaving at least 6 people dead.

Rainfall in West Africa. Image: NOAA
Rainfall in West Africa 06 to 12 June 2016. Image: NOAA

Flood Summary

Last updated: July 13, 2016
Event
Ebonyi State, Nigeria, June 2016
Date
June 12 to June 14, 2016
Type
River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
A storm lasting several hours brought heavy rain and flooding to Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, Nigeria on Sunday 12 June, 2016, forcing the Iyi-Udele River to overflow and 5,000 to evacuate.

Locations

Abakaliki

Magnitude

River level
Overflowing
Iyi-Udele River, Abakaliki - June 12 to June 14, 2016

Damages

Evacuated
5,000
Abakaliki - June 12 to June 14, 2016