As floods continue to ravage at least 29 States in Nigeria, The Nigerian Red Cross Society has launched a N10.6b Flood Emergency Appeal in Abuja, Nigeria, in order to provide aid for affected persons.
Addressing Journalists, Abubakar Kende, the Secretary General of the Nigerian Red Cross Society said “According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), an unusually heavy rainfall in 29 of Nigeria’s 36 states has resulted in massive flooding which has displaced more than 1.4 million people and affected over 2.5 million people.
Bayelsa State in Nigeria’s South-South region was reportedly the worst affected, with its capital Yenagoa literally cut off and about 700,000 people displaced as at 18 October 2022”
Kende who gave a situation report noted that “As things stand now, the flooding has resulted in over 600 fatalities and more than 2,400 people, injured across the country. Beyond its direct, disastrous effects, the floods have triggered a cholera outbreak in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.”
“Most importantly, barely 10 days ago, the NRCS launched an Emergency Appeal in order to raise 13 million Swiss Francs which will be used to support up to 500,000 people and focus on the provision of Health Care, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion as well as search and rescue. We will also conduct rapid needs assessments, deploy Emergency First Aid Teams and many more” Kende said.