Floods: Kano Govt Donates N100m To Victims

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje (file photo)

The Kano State government has announced a financial assistance of N100 million to the victims of flooding in the state.

Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture in the state, Muhammad Garba, disclosed this to journalists in Kano on Thursday.

Garba said that although the state was not among the 12 that the National Emergency Management Agency predicted could face severe flooding, it had also been affected.

According to him, floods have wreaked havoc on communities in eight local government areas of the state.

He commiserated with those who have lost loved ones to the floods and advised residents to avoid building houses in flood-prone areas and on waterways.

Stressing that the state government was compiling reports on the level of destruction caused by flooding in the state, the commissioner called on the Federal Government to intervene and help alleviate the suffering of those affected in the state.

Garba also called on the relevant stakeholders to collaborate in order to effectively manage the flood disaster and prevent further suffering.

NEMA Inaugurates Emergency Centres As Floods Displace Thousands

 

The Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mustapha Maihaja, has inaugurated five Emergency Operation Centres (EOC) to facilitate prompt search and rescue operations as well as humanitarian support in the 12 states worst affected by flooding.

NEMA’s head of Media and Publicity, Sani Datti, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

The five Emergency Operation Centres with eight personnel each includes; EOC “A” is to cover Niger and Kwara states; EOC “B” is to cover Kogi and Edo states; EOC “C” is to cover Benue, Taraba and Adamawa states; EOC “D” is to cover Anambra and Delta states while EOC “E” will cover Rivers and Bayelsa states.


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The Emergency Response Centres will be responsible for planning, organising, directing and supervising deployment of resources with the affected state governments and local authorities and communities. The primary objective is to localize the responses and expedite intervention to save lives and facilitate quick recovery.

At the command centre in Abuja, the NEMA DG and other chief executives will be responsible for the formulating of policy and operational guidelines for the conduct of emergency operation in all the worst affected states.

The centres operations are to commence immediately while expecting them to utilise the facilities and personnel of the agency’s zonal and operation offices and other critical stakeholders.

 

NEMA Warns Of More Flooding, Places Disaster Response Units On Alert

 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has warned that there will be more flooding in the coming days.

This, according to the agency, is because of the rising water levels in River Niger and Benue.

Niger, Edo, Jigawa, Anambra, and Bayelsa states were all hit by floods this week with about 70 deaths reported, hundreds of homes submerged, and thousands displaced.

The Director-General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, however, warned that the situation could get worse as water inflow into River Niger and River Benue is so huge that both rivers can only accommodate less than two meters of water before they will overflow their banks into nearby communities.

To prevent further loss of lives, the agency called for the evacuation of people living in communities on the floodplains.

Meanwhile, the Director of Search and Rescue at NEMA, Air Commodore Akugbe Iyamu, said the agency had placed all disaster units across the country on red alert to avoid any catastrophic disaster in the country.

He said this in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital when a team from NEMA paid a visit to the 222 Batalion, Sobi Military Cantonment, Ilorin and 303 Medium Airlift Group of the Nigeria Air Force.

The visit is part of efforts to ensure that prompt actions are taken by the Air Force immediately they receive a distress call from any part of the country where people are trapped.

On Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari had delegated authority to the NEMA DG to declare a “national disaster’’ if the anticipated flooding becomes a reality in parts of the country.

The President’s directive was contained in a letter entitled ‘Situation Report on the River Flood Along the Banks of Rivers Benue and Niger’, which was signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

It gave “Delegation of authority to the Director-General of NEMA to activate the Disaster Response Units of the military for possible search and rescue missions”.

The President also gave the NEMA DG authorisation for “the procurement and proportionate stocking of relief materials and health-related items up to N3billion to provide for the needs of possible victims.’’

Also, President Buhari instructed the NEMA boss to provide him with regular updates.

The President’s directive follows a warning by NEMA and the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) that Rivers Benue and Niger had almost reached levels that resulted in flooding in 2012, which led to the loss of lives and destruction of property.

President Buhari Authorises NEMA To Declare Flooding “National Disaster”

Houses affected by a flood in Niger State.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has delegated authority to the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja, to declare a “national disaster’’ if the anticipated flooding becomes a reality in parts of the country.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, President Buhari’s directive was contained in a letter entitled ‘Situation Report on the River Flood Along the Banks of Rivers Benue and Niger’.

The letter was signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

It gave “Delegation of authority to the Director-General of NEMA to activate the Disaster Response Units of the military for possible search and rescue missions”.

The President also gave the NEMA DG authorisation for “the procurement and proportionate stocking of relief materials and health-related items up to N3billion to provide for the needs of possible victims.’’

Also, President Buhari instructed the NEMA boss to provide him with regular updates.

The President’s directive follows a warning by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) that Rivers Benue and Niger had almost reached levels that resulted in flooding in 2012, which led to the loss of lives and destruction of property.

It also comes just two days after floods hit Niger State leaving 40 dead and over 100 communities submerged.


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In a statement on September 6, NIHSA had warned that Nigeria risked witnessing a repeat of the catastrophic flooding of 2012 due to the steady rise in water levels and weather forecast for the coming weeks.

“There has been systematic daily rise in the water levels on both rivers. Records from our measuring stations in Lokoja (River Niger) & Makurdi (River Benue) clearly show this,” the agency said.

“This situation calls for watchfulness on the part of the riparian states as there is still likelihood of occurrence of river flooding. Shiroro Dam has already joined Kainji and Jebba Dams in spilling water. This has contributed to the steady rise in the water level.”

Days after, its fears started becoming a reality with news of flooding being reported in parts of the country.

On Thursday, more than 100 communities in Niger State became submerged as River Niger overflowed its banks.

Farmlands and houses were destroyed, leaving residents of the affected communities homeless.

The state Governor, Abubakar Bello, who visited the communities with other members of the state executive, appealed to the Federal Government to intervene as the situation was beyond the state.

Niger State Govt Seeks FG Intervention As Flood Kills 40

The Niger State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to intervene after 40 people were killed in the state following a flood disaster.

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State made this appeal on Thursday after a visit to persons displaced by the flood.

The governor noted that the flood disaster is beyond control of the state government.

“More than 100 communities have been submerged completely by water. It doesn’t appear as if the water is receding. Infact, I think we should expect more. It is very disturbing.

“The situation definitely is getting out of hand and I think it’s beyond what the state can do. At this point, we have to request support from the Federal Government,” he said.

He noted that most of the affected communities have no food and steps must be taken to provide them food and other relieve materials.

The Director General of the States Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Ibrahim Inga, had earlier disclosed that over 40 people were killed in the last three weeks in the 22 local government areas affected by the flooding in Niger state.

Indices That Caused 2012 Floods Have Manifested, Agency Warns

This file photo from August 2017 shows a flooded street in Benue

 

A steady rise in water levels and weather forecast for the coming weeks have put Nigeria at risk of witnessing a recurrence of catastrophic flooding similar to what it witnessed in 2012, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has warned.

In a statement by its Director of Engineering, Clement Nze, on Thursday, NIHSA said the signs observed before the massive 2012 flood in several states have manifested.

“There has been systematic daily rise in the water levels on both rivers. Records from our measuring stations in Lokoja (River Niger) & Makurdi (River Benue) clearly show this,” the agency said.

“This situation calls for watchfulness on the part of the riparian states as there is still likelihood of occurrence of river flooding. Shiroro Dam has already joined Kainji and Jebba Dams in spilling water. This has contributed to the steady rise in the water level.”

In 2012, catastrophic flooding had affected up to 30 states in Nigeria and resulted in the deaths of over 300 people and displaced more than two million people, according to data from the National Emergency Management Agency.

NIHSA believes the country is at risk of a recurrence of the disaster if steps are not taken.

“As at today, 06-09-2018, our hydrological measuring station downstream the confluence in Lokoja recorded a stage height of 9.89m and a discharge value of 21,326 cubic metres/second as against lower values of 9.43m and 19,762 cubic metres/second recorded on the corresponding date of 06-09-2012,” the agency said.

“From the foregoing, it could be said that all the indices that caused the 2012 river flooding have manifested, except spillage of water from the Lagdo Dam.”

This comes exactly one week after the agency issued a flood alert for seven states – Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Anambra, Delta, and Bayelsa – on the floodplains of River Niger.

In Thursday’s update, NIHSA said the latest development called for watchfulness by states along the floodplains of not just River Niger but those of River Benue as well.

It, therefore, called on 12 states to be on alert with Edo, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, and Rivers states joining the seven states previously put on alert.

Explaining its latest data as it relates to indices from 2012, NIHSA said, “For the records, it was on 29-09-2012 that the maximum flood level of 12.840m and the corresponding discharge of 31,692 cubic metres/second were recorded at our station in Lokoja, downstream the confluence in 2012.

“By (Nigerian Meteorological Agency) NiMet’s 2018 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) released earlier in the year, 28th September is the earliest cessation date of rainfall in Sokoto and Katsina, while December is the earliest cessation date for the southern coastal cities.

“The implication of this is that the Northern part of the country should be expecting more rains in the next three weeks. High flows are still being expected from the upper catchment of the Niger Basin. The River Benue is equally rising, though the level of water as at today has not attained the level witnessed at this time in 2012.”

According to the agency, the localised urban flooding incidents being witnessed in some cities and communities in the country are expected to continue due to high rainfall intensity of shorter duration, rainstorms, blockage of drainage system and poor urban planning, as well as coastal flooding resulting from sea rise and storm surges.

While it promised to continue to update Nigerians on new developments, it urged riparian states to take steps to check flooding.

“States and local governments should endeavour to remove structures built within the floodplains, clear blocked drainages, culverts, and other waterways,” it said.

Transportation Disrupted As Typhoon Batters Japan

Passengers pass next to a bulletin board with operations information of “shinkansen” bullet trains at Shin-osaka Station in Osaka on August 23, 2018, as Typhoon Cimaron nears the Japanese coastline. PHOTO: JIJI PRESS / AFP

 

A strong typhoon barrelled toward Japan’s northern island on Friday after churning over parts of western Japan already hit by deadly flooding last month.

This led to the disruption of transport links with injuries and damages limited.

Typhoon Cimaron made landfall late on Thursday and passed over the Japanese archipelago overnight, bringing winds of nearly 200 kilometres per hour (134 mph) and dumping up to 600 millimetres (24 inches) of rain in 48 hours, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The typhoon was moving northeast over the Sea of Japan (East Sea) Friday afternoon and forecast to make landfall again on the northern island of Hokkaido later in the day, although its strength had declined significantly.

Television pictures showed torrential rain, flooded streets and some structural damage with roof tiles blown off and one lorry overturned on a bridge by the high winds.

Television footage also showed a 60-metre (198-foot) wind turbine felled by gusts on Awaji island, western Japan, crushing two nearby power pylons.

The storm left nearly 100,000 households without power and forced airlines to scrap around 300 flights on Thursday and Friday. Bullet train services in the region were temporarily cancelled although they were running again on Friday morning.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 30 people were injured while non-compulsory evacuation orders and advisories were at one point issued to more than one million people in western Japan.

“But the number of people advised to evacuate has declined dramatically and is likely to fall further now,” an agency official told AFP, adding that at least 77 houses and buildings had sustained damage.

Officials warned citizens to be vigilant for flooding, landslides and high waves, with meteorological agency chief forecaster Ryuta Kurora saying the typhoon could bring “multiple hazardous phenomena.”

Cimaron followed Typhoon Soulik, which passed through southern Japan earlier this week, bringing heavy rain to parts of the main southern island of Kyushu.

The typhoon is the latest weather front to batter Japan, which has also been sweating through a record and deadly heatwave.

This followed devastating heavy rain in central and western parts of the country in July that killed more than 200 people.

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19 Feared Dead In Vietnam Flooding

Residents clear debris in a village damaged by flash flooding in Vietnam’s Yen Bai province on July 21, 2018. At least 10 people have died after floods spurred by typhoon rains struck central and northern Vietnam, authorities said on July 21.
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Flash floods in Vietnam have now claimed at least 19 lives, the government said Sunday, as residents in affected areas sought safety in higher ground.

Boasting a long coastline, tropical Vietnam is battered by floods and storms every year, with hundreds of lives lost from the annual monsoon barrage.

The remnants of Typhoon Son Tinh, now a tropical depression, made landfall Wednesday night, the third tropical storm to hit Vietnam since the start of the year.

The latest report from the country’s disaster office said 19 people have been killed so far, with an additional 13 people unaccounted for.

Floods and landslide from heavy rains have ranged far and wide and impacted rural and urban areas, including the capital Hanoi.

They are expected to continue in the coming days.

State-controlled VNExpress news site reported Saturday that residents in Chuong My district on the outskirts of Hanoi were asked to leave their homes and get to higher ground for fear of heavy floods.

“We must be active in moving our furniture out of homes. From last year’s experience, we did not have time to run,” a local resident was quoted as saying.

Published photos showed homeowners in plastic raincoats moving bags of goods and livestock.

“My house is in a very low location so I have to move all the rice to higher places,” resident Nguyen Duy Dong told VNExpress. “Since the afternoon, we have moved more than one tonne of rice.”

The amount of land under siege has also spiked, with more than 15,000 houses damaged or destroyed and more than 110,000 hectares of crops inundated. Several roads have also disappeared under the water.

Vietnam’s rainy season, like other countries in the region, is between June and November, but the death toll from stormy weather has often exceeded its neighbours.

Last year, 389 lives were claimed by natural disasters, with material damages reportedly reaching $2.6 billion, according to the government.

Delta Flooding: Araya Community Cries For Help

Residents of Araya community in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State have cried out for help after the community was hit by a flood.

The flood was occasioned by heavy rainfall which caused the River Niger to overflow into a nearby lake which in turn flooded the community, destroying farms and household properties.

Flooding has been a persistent problem for Araya community as it occurs annually with successive governments failing to find a solution to the problem.

Araya is one of the 37 towns in Isoko, in the south east of Delta State. It shares its boundary with Kwale to the north, Urhobos to the west, Ndokwa Osimili/Aboh to the east; and Ijaws to the south.

The main economic activity for residents of the town is food crop farming with a focus on staple food crops such as cassava and yams. Because of the yearly occurrence of flooding, occasional fishing takes place.

But with the level of flooding being experienced, the residents are having a tough time making ends meet as their homes have been flooded and farms submerged.

A visit to the community shows that canoes have become an essential commodity for almost every household as movement is difficult without them.

The Vice President Araya Community, Odiki Ambrose, confirmed that the flooding had become a yearly occurrence and pleaded with the government to come to their aid.

“We are appealing to NDDC and the Federal Government to come to our aid. We have been suffering from this flood for many years now with no form of assistance from the government. Our farmlands and homes completely destroyed,” he said.

National president of Isoko National Youth Association Ovie Umuakpo said the community leaders planned to approach the state government over possible ways it can provide assistance to the people.

“We have been sensitising our people on how to keep safe during this season. We will also try to ensure that government gives us the attention we require to solve this problem,” he said.

Meanwhile, schools have been shut down, homes deserted, with many displaced as a result of the flood.

Worship centres were not spared but many people defied the risks posed by the flood to attend spiritual gatherings.

Reacting to the flood, the Delta State Commissioner for Environment, Mr John Nani, called on the federal government to complement efforts of the state government in finding a lasting solution to the issues faced by the community annually.

He said, “The River Niger has overflown its bank and that is why we have flooding in the community. We are calling on the Federal Government to add to what we are already doing as a state. The issue of that community is being taken care of in a way of providing IDPs camps for them with relief materials until the water recedes.”

Niger Flooding kills 50, Displaces Over 100,000 In Four Months

A person walks in a street flooded by the overflowing Niger river in the Saga district of Niamey on September 11, 2017. BOUREIMA HAMA / AFP

Flooding unleashed by three months of torrential rain in Niger has killed at least 50 people and displaced nearly 120,000, according to fresh UN data out Thursday.

The capital Niamey has been hardest hit along with Dosso in the south, Tillaberi in the west and the central-southern areas of Maradi and Zinder, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Twenty-one of the 50 fatalities were in the capital, while across the country 47 had been injured and some 117,600 displaced as of Monday by the flooding.

Flooding claimed more than 50 lives last year.

The recovery from the disastrous rains promises to be long, with some 9,000 dwellings and 31 schools destroyed.

Food production will also take a hit, with the flooding killing some 16,000 cattle and about 9,000 hectares (22,000 acres) of crops being ruined, the UN said.

With its 17 million population in a country three-quarters of which comprises desert, Niger regularly is beset by food shortages caused by drought as well as severe flooding.

A humanitarian source told AFP that exacerbating the problems were rising River Niger water levels over the past fortnight at Niamey, Dosso and Tillaberi, leading to fears of a repeat of serious flooding in 2012 which left dozens dead and some 500,000 homeless.

Despite the ongoing heavy rains, the Niger Basin Authority, coordinated by nine states in the region, said Thursday it saw a “downward trend” in water levels.

Even so, Niamey authorities called on civilians living in flood-hit areas to evacuate zones that are under threat.

Last week, Niger said it had launched a campaign to destroy mosquito breeding sites to help combat the spread of deadly malaria in Niamey after the rain transformed some areas into swamps.

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Three Dead, Six Missing, As Storm Hits Philippines

Residents ride on a makeshift raft as they cross a flooded main street in Manila on September 12.
TED ALJIBE / AFP

At least three people died and six were missing after a major storm caused widespread flooding in and around the Philippine capital on Tuesday, forcing schools, government offices and businesses to shut down.

The tropical depression, which left some people wading through chest-deep waters outside Manila, was the latest to hit the Southeast Asian archipelago, which endures about 20 such storms each year.

Most of the dead and missing were poor people forced to live in identified “danger zones” despite government warnings of the risks they face during storms.

“Our local authorities had continuously warned them that their place was really prone to landslides but they insisted on staying,” said civil defence officer Ronnie Mateo after the rain caused a landslide that fatally buried two teenage brothers just east of Manila.

A 12-year-old girl drowned in a rain-swollen river in a Manila suburb, city officials said.

The storm, locally codenamed “Maring”, hit the eastern town of Mauban before moving northwest across the main island of Luzon and passing just beside Manila, the government weather station said.

In Calamba City south of Manila a flash flood washed away a riverside shanty, leaving six inhabitants including a two-year-old missing.

“They were informal settlers, living beside a river. There was a flash flood and it washed out their two storey-house,” said Noriel Habana, head of the city’s disaster management office.

“In previous floodings, we had pre-emptive evacuation. It just so happened it was a flash flood and they had no time to react,” he told AFP.

Forecaster Renito Paciente said Maring, packing gusts of 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour, was moving at just 15 kilometres per hour, worsening the flooding.

“Because it moves slowly, it can bring more rain over an area,” he told AFP.

Mark Timbal, spokesman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said local governments had ordered the evacuation of residents from low-lying, coastal and landslide-prone areas.

He could not immediately give a total for those forced to flee.

The Philippine islands are often the first major land mass to be hit by storms that generate over the Pacific Ocean, bringing frequent death and misery.

In one of the worst recent incidents, 7,350 people were left dead or missing after super-typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines in November 2013.

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PHOTOS: Amosun Inspects Road Projects As Govt Moves To Tackle Flooding

The perennial flooding challenge experienced by residents of Yakoyo, Akute, Ajuwon, Sango Axis of Ogun State may soon be over.

This is considering the massive roads and bridges construction the state government is putting in that area as part of its mission to rebuild the state.

The contractors have also been briefed to intensify the road construction in the area to complement the bridge construction.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun paid a visit to those areas to inspect some of the projects and ascertain the progress of work done.