NDDC Repairs Roads Damaged By Floods In Rivers, Bayelsa

A file photo of the Niger Delta Development Commission headquarters building in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A file photo of the Niger Delta Development Commission headquarters building in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

 

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has commenced fixing some roads ravaged by flood in Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta State.

NDDC spokesman, Ibitoye Abosede, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday said the move followed a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He listed the roads as East-West Road at Ahoada in Rivers State, Mbiama in Bayelsa State and Patani in Delta State.

According to Abosede, NDDC Acting Managing Director, Engr. Emmanuel Audu-Ohwavborua, stated that the intervention in the Ahoada road had restored the link between Rivers and Bayelsa states.

Audu-Ohwavborua said that the devastation was massive, necessitating the directive by the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, to the NDDC to move in immediately to restore the road and make it motorable.

“We were here a week ago with the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs on the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was concerned about the devastation caused by the flood,” he said.

“The day we visited, it was impossible for any vehicle to ply between Rivers and Bayelsa States. These are the kinds of things that the NDDC is created for, to intervene in critical situations. Now, there is some thoroughfare between Rivers and Bayelsa State.

“Hopefully, in the coming days, there will be thoroughfare between Bayelsa and Delta states. The Ahoada section is already motorable.

“We expect more progress in the coming days in the interest of the people of the Niger Delta region that have endured a lot of pains on account of the flood.”

Flooding: Bayelsa Not Among 10 Worst-Hit States, Jigawa Is Number 1 – Minister

A file photo of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq.

 

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, has stated that from an assessment carried out so far by the ministry, Bayelsa is not among the top ten most affected states by the recent floods.

Addressing State House Correspondents at the weekly ministerial briefing on Thursday, the minister said, instead, Jigawa is ranked the number one most-hit state.

She made the comment in reaction to claims by elder statesman and leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clark, who implored the Federal Government to act to save flood victims in the Niger Delta and not abandon them.

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The ministry said the criteria used to arrive at the conclusion are based on the following indices: the number of deaths recorded and displaced persons per state, number of injuries, partially damaged, houses totally damaged, and farmlands partially and totally damaged.

According to the Federal Government’s flood data as of October 24, 2022, 257,913 persons were affected in Bayelsa while 166,076 persons were affected in Jigawa. 219,471 were displaced in Bayelsa while 68,883 were displaced in Jigawa.

The number of injured persons was put at 81 and 148 for Bayelsa and Jigawa respectively. Also, 58 deaths were recorded in Bayelsa while 91 were recorded in  Jigawa.

The number of houses partially damaged by floods in Bayelsa was put at 26,509 and 1,564 for Jigawa while 703 farmlands were partially damaged in Bayelsa and 3,849 were affected in Jigawa.

Millions Displaced, Over 600 Killed

Flood data

 

According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), over 600 people have died and millions displaced by devastating floods that hit more than 20 states in the last few months.

Houses and farmlands have been submerged in Lagos, Yobe, Borno, Taraba, Adamawa, Edo, Delta, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Benue, Ebonyi, Anambra, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Imo, Abia States, and the Federal Capital Territory.

The 2022 floods have attracted international “solidarity”. In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, King Charles III sympathised with Nigeria over the “devastating” incidents.

President Muhammadu Buhari last month gave the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, 90 days to develop a comprehensive plan of action for the prevention of flood disasters in Nigeria.

98 Dead, 63 Missing In Philippines Floods, Landslides

Workers use makeshift poles to conduct search operations in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao province, after Tropical Storm Nalgae hit the region.  AFP

 

Philippine rescuers on Monday waded through thigh-deep mud using long pieces of wood to search for bodies buried by a landslide, as the death toll from a powerful storm rose to 98.

Just over half of the fatalities were from a series of flash floods and landslides unleashed by Tropical Storm Nalgae, which destroyed villages on the southern island of Mindanao on Friday.

Mindanao is rarely hit by the 20 or so typhoons that strike the Philippines each year, but storms that do reach the region tend to be deadlier than in Luzon and central parts of the country.

There is little hope of finding survivors in the worst-hit areas after the storm swept across the archipelago nation, inundating communities in and around the capital Manila over the weekend.

The national disaster agency has recorded 63 people still missing and scores of others injured.

Perfidia Seguendia, 71, and her family lost all their belongings except the clothes they were wearing when they fled to their neighbour’s two-storey house in Noveleta municipality, south of Manila.

“Everything was flooded — our fridge, washing machine, motorcycle, TV, everything,” Seguendia told AFP.

“All we managed to do was to cry because we can’t really do anything about it. We weren’t able to save anything, just our lives.”

The Philippine Coast Guard posted pictures on Facebook showing its personnel in devastated Kusiong village, in Maguindanao del Norte province of Mindanao, struggling through thick, thigh-deep mud and water as they searched for more bodies.

Kusiong was buried by a massive landslide, which created a huge mound of debris, just below several picturesque mountain peaks.

Rescuers poked long pieces of wood into the morass looking for five missing villagers, after recovering 20 bodies in recent days, the coast guard said.

“We have shifted our operation from search and rescue to retrieval because the chances of survival after two days are almost nil,” said Naguib Sinarimbo, civil defence chief of the Bangsamoro region in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, survivors faced the heartbreaking task of cleaning up their sodden homes.

Residents shovelled mud from their houses and shops after piling their furniture and other belongings in the streets of Noveleta.

“In my entire life living here, it’s the first time we experienced this kind of flooding,” said Joselito Ilano, 55, whose house was flooded by waist-high water.

“I am used to flooding here but this is just the worst, I was caught by surprise.”

More rain on the way

President Ferdinand Marcos began touring some of the hard-hit areas on Monday, including Noveleta, as aid agencies rushed food packs, drinking water and other relief to victims.

Marcos said preemptive evacuations in Noveleta had saved lives.

“While the calamity was huge, the number of casualties was not that high, although there’s a lot of damage to infrastructure,” he said.

Nalgae inundated villages, destroyed crops and knocked out power in many regions as it swept across the country.

It struck on an extended weekend for All Saints’ Day, which is on Tuesday, when millions of Filipinos travel to visit the graves of loved ones.

Scientists have warned that deadly and destructive storms are becoming more powerful as the world gets warmer because of climate change.

The state weather forecaster warned that another tropical storm was heading towards the Philippines even as Nalgae moved across the South China Sea.

Starting Wednesday, the new weather system could bring more heavy rain and misery to southern and central regions badly affected by Nalgae.

Landslides and flash floods originating from largely deforested mountainsides have been among the deadliest hazards posed by storms in the Philippines in recent years.

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Declare State Of Emergency On All Flood Affected Areas, Obi Tells FG

 

The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi has asked the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on all flood affected areas across the country.

At a visit to flood victims in Ibi local government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the presidential hopeful also urged the government to adopt the global best practice of desilting all its waters to avert a reoccurrence of this year’s flood that wrecked havoc across the nation.

“”We are calling on the government to come with interventions, declare all the affected states – a disaster area,” the former Anambra governor stressed.

Adding that, “what the federal government has to do to stop this is to ensure that the waters are desilted.

“The rivers have all been silted and we need to work on them, this is easy, it is done globally, all over the world.”


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According to Mr Obi, several contracts have been given out to fix situations like this in Nigeria, however, nothing has been done.

Speaking further on the desilting process, the Labour Party flagbearer said by desilting the water bodies, the rivers begin to contribute to the wellbeing of the people, not to be a source of trouble for the masses.

While assessing the level of damage caused by the flood, Obi interacted and sympathized with the flood victims. He reassured them of his firm support even as they try to stay afloat in this difficult time.

Obi who has been urging other presidential candidates to suspend campaigns and join him to raise awareness regarding the plights of flood victims in Nigeria, insisted that the federal government must send a high powered delegation to evaluate losses because states alone cannot cope with such disaster.

He thanked the Taraba government, traditional rulers and other leaders within the state who are helping to alleviate the situation and are giving the people succor in this time of distress.

Flood: 21 States Have Received Relief Materials, Says FG

A file photo of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq.

 

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has confirmed the distribution of relief items to 21 states affected by the floods.

The minister made this known at a Briefing to keep the public abreast of response and interventions made so far by the ministry and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on the flood situation across the country.

Umar Farouq stated that distribution of food and non-food items to other states were already ongoing.


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“ A total of 21 States have received relief materials so far. These States are Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Bayelsa, Ekiti, Enugu, FCT, Imo,
Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara,
Lagos , Nassarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo , Sokoto, Taraba and Yobe.

“While specialized teams are on ground, there are still some States and local governments that are inaccessible and hard to reach. To address this, we are working with the Military Disaster Response Units and other stakeholders with specialized skills and equipment to ensure that we use other means to reach hard-to-reach areas and people at risk.

“Distribution to other states affected by floods in Nigeria is ongoing. The materials being distributed are emergency food items and non-food items including rice, maize, garri, vegetable oil, tin of tomatoes, seasoning and beans.

“The non-food items are materials used to assist with temporary shelters for displaced communities including roofing sheets, cement, nails, ceiling boards, blankets, nylon mats and zinc”.

The minister also said that the Search and Rescue Operations have been on their toes since the flooding started and have continued to evacuate, relocate and refer victims to hospitals for immediate care. She called on other stakeholders to join in efforts to assist affected flood victims.

“We hope that other Ministries, Departments and Agencies such as Water Resources, Health, Works and Housing, Agriculture and Environment will join us in the next briefing with their own updates on operations to resolve this emergency we are facing. I also implore government at all levels, especially State and Local Governments, to share information with us and also play their role in the response, in line with the National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan.

“I commend local communities for their resilience. We received a report that in 144 LGAs, local communities worked together to provide the first response to their families and neighbors. The Search and Rescue Team, which is responsible for evacuating people and providing life-saving first aid and medical support and referrals to hospitals has so far been able to reach 199 local government areas within 25 states.

“These operations are ongoing and I urge communities at risk to adhere to warnings and instructions issued by these teams as they work to protect and save lives.

“Our express our sincere appreciation to his Excellency President Muhammadu BUHARI for his support and timely special intervention in addressing the flood intervention”.

“A high-level delegation will visit some states next week to follow up on operations and to identify any new challenges and gaps in the operations that need to be addressed. This will enable government to access the situation on ground and provide and meet with victims and families that have been affected.”.

As 24th October 2022, 3,219,780 persons were reportedly affected by floods in 2022.

1,427,370 persons have been internally displaced, approximately 2,776 persons were injured, approximately 612 people lost their lives, 181,600 houses were partially damaged and another 123,807 houses totally damaged. 176,852 hectares of farmlands were partially
damaged while 392,399 hectares of farmlands have been totally damaged.

Daily situation reports can be accessed on the Ministry’s and NEMA Websites.

Floods: Over Three Million Persons Affected, 612 Dead – FG

Commuters travel in boats as vehicles are abandoned on the East-West highway severed by flooding, bringing to a halt the traffic and economic activities, in the Niger Delta region of Ahoada, Rivers State, southern Nigeria, on October 21, 2022. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

 

The Federal Government says the flood ravaging several parts of the county has affected 3,219,780 persons, with no fewer than 612 killed.

This was disclosed in a press briefing on the response and interventions by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Monday.

Out of the over three million persons affected by the floods, 1,427,370 persons have been internally displaced and 181,600 houses have been partially damaged, and another 123,807 houses totally damaged.

Also, 176,852 hectares of farmlands are said to have been partially damaged and 392,399 hectares totally damaged.

For relief distributed so far, the Federal Government said a total of 21 states have received relief materials. The sates are Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Bayelsa, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara and FCT.

Others include Lagos, Nassarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Sokoto, Taraba, and Yobe.

The FG said the materials being distributed are emergency food items and non-food items. The food items include rice; maize; garri; vegetable oil; tin tomato; seasoning, and beans. The non-food items are materials used to assist with temporary shelters for two displaced communities and include roofing sheets; cement; nails, ceiling boards, blankets, nylon mats, and zinc.

According to government representatives, distribution to other states affected by floods in Nigeria is ongoing.

The government said operations are ongoing as the Search and Rescue Team, which is responsible for evacuating people and providing life-saving first aid and medical support and referral to hospitals has so far been able to reach 199 local government areas within 25 states.

Produce Flood-Prevention Plan Within 90 Days, Buhari Directs Water Minister

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has given the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, 90 days to develop a comprehensive plan of action for the prevention of flood disaster in Nigeria.

The President’s directive was conveyed to the minister in a letter signed by his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, according to a statement on Monday by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.

According to the statement, Buhari ordered the minister to coordinate with the ministries of environment and transportation as well as state governments to develop the plan.

 

A photo shows a church and other buildings submerged along the East-West highway severed by flooding, bringing to a halt the movement of vehicles and economic activities, in Niger delta region of Ahoada, Rivers State, southern Nigeria, on October 21, 2022. – More than 600 people are now known to have perished in the worst floods in a decade in Nigeria, according to a new toll released on October 20. The disaster had also forced more than 1.3 million from their homes, said a statement by Nigeria’s ministry of humanitarian affairs, released on Twitter. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

 

Shehu also Buhari is “regularly receiving updates on the flooding situation in the country and restates his commitment towards addressing the challenges caused by the disaster in the country”.

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said about 2.5 million persons have been affected so far and over 603 persons killed by the flooding caused by torrential rainfall in over 20 states across Nigeria.

Thousands of houses have been submerged by floods and unnumbered farmlands washed away in Nigeria’s devastating floods which have attracted international sympathies from the King Charles III of the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

Why Recent Flooding Is Not Affecting Lagos Like Other States – Gbenga Omotosho

A file photo of a flooded part in Lagos. Credit: LASEMA

 

The Lagos Government says the recent floods in the country is not affecting the state due to its proactiveness and investments in the drainage system. 

This is according to the Lagos State Information and Strategy Commission Gbenga Omotosho. He listed several places in and outside of Nigeria where floods have killed many and displaced millions.

“But in Lagos, you don’t have this kind of situation because we have a goverment that is proactive and due to the kind of investment we have made in our drainage system which is working; in cleaning our drains,” the commissioner said while fielding questions on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics. 

According to the Commissioner, the Lagos State Government has also issued early warnings to residents of flood-prone areas.

“About three times, we have said to the media that people should prepare because the weather man said that Lagos is going to experience more rains,” Omotosho added.

“But fortunately because of the preparations we have made, we have not seen the kind of flooding we have seen in other places. What you see in Lagos are flash floods.”

“So, it is alot of what we have done; a lot of investments that we have made,” the commissioner maintained.

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Millions Displaced

Since the floods started, more than 600 people are now known to have perished in the worst floods.

The disaster had also forced more than 1.3 million from their homes, said a statement by the ministry of humanitarian affairs, released on Twitter.

“Unfortunately, over 603 lives have been lost as of today October 16, 2022,” said Humanitarian Affairs Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq.

The previous toll from last week stood at 500, but the numbers had risen in part because some state governments had not prepared for the floods, said the minister.

The flooding also completely destroyed more than 82,000 houses and nearly 110,000 hectares (272,000 acres) of farmland, said Umar Farouq.

While the rainy season usually begins around June, the rainfall had been particuarly heavy since August, said the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

In 2012, 363 people died and more than 2.1 million were displaced by flooding.

Sub-Saharan Africa is disproportionately affected by climate change and many of its economies are already struggling from ripple effects of the Russia-Ukraine war.

Rice producers have warned that the devastating floods could impact prices in the country of some 200 million people where rice imports are banned to stimulate local production.

The World Food Programme and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said last month that Nigeria was among six countries facing a high risk of catastrophic levels of hunger.

PHOTOS: Peter Obi Visits Benue To Commiserate With Flood Victims

 

 

The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi on Thursday visited Benue State to commiserate with flood victims.

Speaking in Makurdi, the state capital, Mr Obi tasked the federal government to be proactive in mitigating the effects of the nationwide floods caused by the failure to prepare for the release of excess water from the Cameroon’s and the heavily silted River Benue.

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The former Anambra State governor had earlier announced the suspension of his campaign to allow him show support to victims of flood disaster, and he appealed to other presidential candidates to do same.

While in Benue, the LP Flagbearer visited displaced persons both from the flood disaster and victims of herdsmen attacks camped in Daudu, and there he donated the sum of five million Naira to assist them.




Meanwhile, Mr Obi has joined in mourning those who lost their lives during the #EndSARS protest that held on the 20th of October, 2020.

In a message as part of a second year memorial of the tragic incident, the Labour Party presidential candidate said the plea for justice and the sacrifices of the people (mostly youths), will surely yield the birth of a better nation.

“Today, we mourn our brothers and sisters whose lives were cut short during the #EndSARSProtest.

“They died fighting for a better nation. Their cries for justice and good governance remain in our hearts.

“Their supreme sacrifices, and our labours, will never be in vain,” Obi stated via his official Facebook page.

Floods Will Have Consequences On Food Production, Peter Obi Warns

Photo of Peter Obi

 

The flagbearer of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has raised concerns about the flood ravaging several parts of the country.

He said the ravaging floods will have “deleterious” consequences on food production, as well as orchestrate higher food prices at a time the country is contending with rising food insecurity due to banditry and insurgency.

Several states in the country have in recent weeks been submerged in water due to extensive flooding which has left hundreds of people dead and displaced thousands of others.

Reacting to the disaster in a post on his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday, Obi said that the devastating enormity of the flooding and the damages it has wreaked is mind-boggling.

The Niger Delta is one of the regions worst hit by the recent floods in Delta State. [email protected] Izonibefestival

 

While sympathizing with those directly affected by the loss of lives and properties, the former Anambra State governor appealed to the Federal Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to expeditiously assist victims of the natural disaster.

The post read, “The devastating enormity of the 2022 flooding and the damages it has wreaked on several states, namely, Benue, Kogi, Anambra, Delta, Bayelsa and Nasarawa, is mind-boggling. So far, over 600 lives were reportedly lost, and over 2 million people displaced.

“I sympathize with those directly affected by the loss of lives and properties. At a time our country contends with rising food insecurity due to banditry and insurgency, the ravaging floods will have deleterious consequences on food production, as well as orchestrate higher food prices. I call on FGN and NEMA to expeditiously assist those affected by this natural disaster.

 

The Federal Government had earlier faulted state governments for not heeding early warnings issued by its agencies.

Director-General of the Nigeria Hydrological Services (NIHSA), Clement Nze, had blamed state governments for disregarding “adequate and timely warnings” and weather advisories issued by the various Federal Government agencies.

“If our predictions were heeded by relevant sub-nationals, we will not have been where we are today,” Eze said.

“But I am believing that following this year’s flood disaster across the land, the consciousness of relevant actors especially sub-nationals will be awakened to do the needful once they receive all these advisories

18 Flood Victims Killed In Pakistan Bus Fire

 

At least 18 Pakistanis, including 12 children, were killed in a bus fire as they journeyed home after fleeing catastrophic monsoon flooding, officials and rescue workers said Thursday.

Pakistan has been hit by unprecedented monsoon rains this year, putting a third of the nation underwater, displacing eight million people, and causing $28 billion worth of devastation.

As the waters slowly recede, thousands of the displaced — many living in ramshackle tent cities — are travelling back to their sodden homes to remake their lives.


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Police said the passengers died when flames broke out overnight on a northbound bus outside the city of Karachi, where they settled after fleeing one of the worst flood-hit areas.

“They were going back to their village when they were overtaken by this accident,” Vinod Kumar, a district health official present at the scene, told AFP.

“Apparently, the fire broke out in the air-conditioning system of the bus but investigations will reveal the real cause,” said police officer Hashim Brohi, who was also present.

Pakistan has a dismal record of fatal traffic accidents due to badly maintained vehicles, poor roads, reckless driving and poorly trained emergency services.

The historic floods across the nation — which have killed 1,700 — have been linked to climate change.

Floods: I Join My Voice To That Of Millions Displaced In Ogbaru – Peter Obi

LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

 

Flagbearer for the Labour Party in the 2023 presidential election, Mr Peter Obi has lent his voice to the cries of millions of persons in Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State, who were recently displaced by flood. 

In a statement via his Facebook page, the former Anambra governor said he is saddened about the plight of those suffering, and crying out over the recent flood disaster in the area.

Reports suggest that latest flood incidents have submerged communities within Ogbaru, leaving many people and businesses in dire agony, tears and hopelessness.


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While noting that Ogbaru has special needs with flood management and control, Mr Obi said as the then governor, he heeded several SOS calls to the communities over flooding.

The presidential hopeful added that he is glad that Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo is carrying out development projects and road constructions within the area.

This Obi said he hopes will alleviate the peoples’ suffering.

He appealed to NEMA, SEMA, and other relevant agencies, as well as charity organizations, and government, to come to the rescue of the people of Ogbaru.

Above all, Obi emphasized that at this moment, the people need shelter, clothing and food.

“We must not abandon them now.,” LP candidate appealed.