Floods, cholera leave hundreds dead in Nigeria

floodsfrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – AT least 444 people have died following a cholera outbreak in Nigeria this year.

The latest eruption of the waterborne disease has been reported in the northeastern Borno State, which is also the region worst affected by the Boko Haram terror group.

As of this past weekend, 21 people had died from more than 1 100 cases of cholera reported.

This brings to over 24 100 cases reported since the beginning of the year.

Besides Borno, other worst affected states are Adamawa, Bauchi, Kano and Katsina.

Humanitarian organisations are partnering the government to contain the spread of the disease.

This is done through hygiene promotion, sensitisation, disinfection activities and support to case management.

Meanwhile, an estimated 113 people have been killed after weeks of flash floods around the country.

Up to 600 000 people have been displaced.

The European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations warned the situation was likely to further deteriorate, with weather forecasts foreseeing more heavy rains in the coming days.

The National Emergency Management Agency has activated a national contingency plan to mitigate the impact of floods.

Anambra, Delta, Kogi and Niger are the states worst affected by the flooding.

Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello, governor of Nigeria’s biggest state, Niger, appealed for greater government intervention.

“The situation is definitely getting out of hand and it is beyond what the state can do,” Sani-Bello lamented.
– CAJ News

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