Hundreds killed in Nigeria floods, more than 1.4 million displaced
As rivers burst their banks and rain poured down in Nigeria, families faced the worst flooding in more than two decades. It is one of the worst natural disasters in the country’s recent history.
In the state of Rivers, more than 1,000 were killed and the death toll is expected to rise, according to a report by the United Nations.
In the state of Kebbi, more than 500 people have died since the start of the flooding.
Folke Bernkart Pedersen, a member of Denmark’s parliament and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also condemned the situation in Nigeria and the people’s response to the situation, saying, “There needs to be a greater understanding and awareness of how quickly a disaster can spread in a country like Nigeria.”
While many families in Nigeria were forced to abandon the homes they built before the flooding, most of the people in Nigeria were not forced to evacuate.
Anchorage resident Chris Williams, 42, said he and his wife evacuated with seven children, who stayed with family at their Anchorage home even with flooding.
“We had been living on the fourth floor and a third-floor apartment flooded. That was the only thing we could do,” he said. “We could see the water coming and the damage, but we did not feel forced to evacuate. We felt it was OK to stay here.”
In rural areas, people were forced to stay in what they call ‘loyalty houses.’ These houses provide a safe room where people can go for refuge when nature and disaster strike, but they are not necessarily being used by everyone.
According to the American Red Cross, the number of victims in the eastern part of the country was more than 1.3 million, with about half of those victims in the state of Rivers.
The Red Cross said that at least 500 people had died in Kebbi, while more than 500 people were killed in Sokoto.
In the state of Plateau, which borders Cameroon, the death toll has reached 4,000.
About 40 people died in Uyo while more than 700 people were killed in Benue. In the state of Rivers, a total of 1,130 people were