Floods in Yobe, Nigeria

Following the recent floods in Kano, Nigeria, where as many as 5 people died and 500 were displcaed, Nigeria has also seen further flash floods, this time in Yobe state, which occured over the 17th and 18th August 2013.

Over 300 houses were destroyed, leaving an estimated 1000 people homeless. The affected areas of the state included Potiskum, Gashu’a, Nguru, Fika, Gaidam, Damagum and Damaturu, the Yobe state capital. The flooding was caused by torential rainfall over the weekend of 17th and 18th August. As well as destroying houses, the floods also damaged farm land, crops and livestock.

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The rainy season is gathering momentum in Nigeria but so far the floods have been fewer than expected after the warning given in a report by Nigeria’s Hydrological Services Agency in May this year, as I reported here.

The Annual Flood Outlook for Nigeria suggested that 31 states were likely to be hit by flooding this year, with only a few Nigerian states, including the Federal Capital Territory, likely to make it though the year without floods.