Water levels continue to rise in Nigeria along with the death toll, after weeks of flooding have devastated the country and killed nearly 200 people, including a 9-year-old who was swept away while fetching water. . .
According to The Guardian, Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency reported Thursday that 199 people have died since the Niger and Benue rivers burst their banks in late August due to torrential rains. Another 1,000 people have been injured.
Nigerian media outlet Vanguard reported on Wednesday that one of those killed was a 9-year-old girl, Benedict Uzo, who became caught up in the rushing floodwaters while trying to fill a bucket.
NEMA estimates that more than 800,000 people have been impacted, with over 280,000 left homeless. Four of Nigeria’s 36 states have been declared national disaster areas, and authorities expect things to get worse before they get better. Another eight states have been placed on red alert. . .
Secretary-general of the Nigerian Red Cross, Abubakar Kende told The Guardian that in addition to economic impact from crop and livestock losses, “One of our biggest concerns following extensive floods like this is the threat of cholera and other diseases.” (Read more from “Nearly 200 Dead, Including 9-Year-Old Girl, From Flooding” HERE)