West African Floods

West African Floods

The food crisis is getting worse.

A large portion of West and Central Africa was inundated. 

According to local news agencies, Garba rice fields and agricultural products have been completely destroyed, increasing the risk of a food insecurity crisis in the region, which is already dealing with the economic fallout from Ukraine's war.

Manzo Ezekiel, spokesman for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said the flooding was unprecedented due to the continuous rainfall and affected 29 of the country's 36 states.

Parts of Nigeria, from the northern farmlands to the coastal economic capital of Lagos, are prone to flooding during the rainy season, according to NEMA, making this the worst year since 2012, when 363 people died and more than 2 millions were injured.

On the other hand, Niger State authorities announced earlier this month that heavy rains and flooding have killed 152 people and affected with around 225,000 people since June, making this rainy season one of the country's deadliest.

Floods in Niger killed 70 people and displaced 200,000 in 2021.

Furthermore, according to a UN report, 5 million people in Chad, more than a third of the country's population, required emergency humanitarian aid even before the flood in 2021.

Organizations involved in the crisis and based in West Africa have issued serious warnings about the possibility of a more severe phase of the hunger and displacement crisis as a result of climate change, and have requested humanitarian aid.

 

Source: Africaninsider

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