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Nigeria flood: Thousands in dire need of basic life support

The worst is still being expected as the torrential rainfall seems to have no plan to recede. A rapid assessment conducted by the Nigerian Red Cross Society shows that over 1.5 million people are affected. It is now a national concern as the Federal Government has declared state of emergency in four states and put eight others on surveillance.
“Many of the affected people are in shock. Their homes and means of livelihood have been washed away,” said Abubakar Kende, Nigerian Red Cross Society’ Secretary General. “With thousands displaced and in makeshift camps set up in schools, religious institutions and with host communities, people are in dire need of food, shelter, clothing and other basic life support.”
Without adequate sanitation facilities and access to clean water, thousands of people are at risk of cholera and other water-borne diseases. Nigeria is already fighting a cholera outbreak in some states
Nigerian Red Cross volunteers are helping communities affected by the devastating floods across 34 out of 37 states (including the Federal Capital), continuing to assist affected communities with search and rescue, first aid, evacuation to health facilities and life-saving messages assisting the affected persons to know what to do to avoid or manage diseases outbreak.

‘’The planned response reflected the situation and information available at that time which will now be adjusted based on current developments and more detailed assessments along rivers Benue and Niger that almost divide Nigeria into two equal parts,” says Kende.
He therefore calls on well-meaning Nigerians, International communities and cooperate organizations to support the Nigerian Red Cross Society to alleviate the sufferings of the affected population.

For further information:                                       
Nwakpa O. Nwakpa, Head of Communications, Nigerian Red Cross Society:
Email: nwakpaon@redcrossnigeria.org
Phone: +2348034736200
Abubakar Kende, Secretary General, Nigerian Red Cross:
Email: secgen@redcrossnigeria.org
Phone: +2348039595095                                                                                                            
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