Floods are the most common type of natural disaster. It occurs when an overflow of water submerges land that is usually dry. Floods can cause widespread devastation, resulting in loss of life and damages to personal property and critical public health infrastructure.
The 2022 floods, which have affected 27 of 36 states in Nigeria, have claimed the lives of over 600 people and injured over 2,000 people.
The floods were caused by the dual effects of heavy rains and poor infrastructure planning which was made evident by the absence of a buffer dam that was supposed to be constructed in the 80’s as previously agreed with the neighbouring country of Cameroon.
The effects of the floods have been far reaching. Apart from the loss of life and injuries sustained, the floods have created a food and humanitarian crisis, where we see hectares of farmland destroyed and people living in more vulnerable situations, where they are easy prey to ill elements in society.
A number of organisations, individually and collectively have begun to offer aid to victims. This has come in the form of food, medical aid, temporary shelter, clothing and financial aid.
We empathise with everyone who has been affected by this flood and we hope for better days ahead.
Please click here to learn more on how to support the victims of these floods.