Nigeria – Deadly Floods Hit Niger State

Hours of heavy rain between 08 and 09 July caused severe flooding in Suleja in Niger state, Nigeria, which lies about 30 km north west of capital city Abuja.

Local media are reporting several fatalities, including eight members of the same household. Local officials have not yet confirmed the number of casualties. Reports suggest dozens of houses have been damaged or destroyed.

Flooding also affected parts of nearby Tafa, also in Niger state between 08 and 09 July.

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Lagos and Oyo

Elsewhere in Nigeria, flooding was reported in Ibadan, Oyo state after a heavy downpour lasting 5 hours between 09 and 10 July. There are no reports of fatalities or displacements.

Heavy rain from 06 July caused flooding in parts of Lagos state and metropolitan area, in particular Victoria Island, Lekki and Oniru. The flooding damaged several buildings and caused chaos on the roads. There were no reports of death or injury however.

In a statement on Friday, the Lagos State government called on residents to observe extreme caution on the roads as torrential rain persists across the state.

Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejar, said that the flooding would recede after a period of time but the Government has activated its emergency response system to respond efficiently where necessary. He added, “the Government is concerned by the recent occurrence of flooding in some parts of Victoria Island, Lekki, Oniru and its environs and our emergency lines 112 and 767 are open 24/7 for residents to report any emergency situation.”

Poor Drainage Systems

The Commissioner urged residents of the flood and health dangers of dumping refuse in drainage channels. According to Lagos State Government, many residents continue to dump refuse in drainage channels despite an education campaign on the hazards of doing so.

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Rainfall

Detailed rainfall figures for Nigeria are scarce. Below are figures from WMO for a 24 hour period:

09 to 10 July

  • Abuja – 29.0 mm

06 to 7 July

  • Lagos / Ikeja – 57.0 mm
  • Ibadan – 97.0 mm

Flood Summary

Last updated: July 12, 2017
Event
Niger, Oyo and Lagos States, Nigeria, July 2017
Date
July 6 to July 12, 2017
Type
Urban flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Ibadan
B - Victoria Island
C - Lekki
D - Oniru
E - Suleja
F - Tafa

Magnitude

Rainfall level
29 mm in 24 hours
Abuja - July 9 to July 10, 2017
Rainfall level
57 mm in 24 hours
Lagos / Ikeja - July 6 to July 7, 2017
Rainfall level
97 mm in 24 hours
Ibadan - July 6 to July 7, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
10 people
Suleja - July 8 to July 11, 2017

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