Nigeria – Widespread Flooding in Kogi State After Niger River Overflows

Days of flooding from the overflowing Niger river has displaced over 50,000 people in the state of Kogi in central Nigeria.

Governor of the state, Chief Edward David Onoja, visited affected areas in Lokoja, situated at the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers, on 14 September.

The flood situation has worsened since then and local media report that at least 66 communities in the state have been affected and 1 person is thought to have died. Officials report that at least 50,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes. Some have found temporary accommodation in schools and other public buildings, while others are sleeping on roads and in other open spaces. Many victims have lost their livelihoods after crops and livestock were washed away.

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