Hundreds killed in Nigeria floods, more than 1.4 million displaced
At least 65 people have died in floods hit northern Nigeria, while 1.3 million people have been affected by the disaster, the state government said.
Officials in Adamawa state said that at least 65 people have died in the floods caused by heavy rains and mudslides, while 1.3 million people live in camps in the disaster-stricken region and need food, shelter and medical aid.
The UN has said that 1,140 people were killed by the floods in southern Nigeria that began in August last year.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has set the number of people affected this year at a staggering 1.4 million, saying that this comes on top of a previous toll of 1.7 million.
The UN has called for a coordinated international response, while aid groups have said they cannot cope with the scale of the disaster.
There is widespread anger and despair in the area, with displaced people said to have been forced to sleep on the ground for weeks.
An estimated 30,000 people remain in the flood-devastated areas, which have been difficult to reach.
On Friday, at least one million people are in need of shelter after the floods swept over their homes, prompting the United Nations to appeal for tents and emergency relief supplies, with an expert on disaster relief estimating that the situation was “the worst we have ever seen”.
But at least 50 different bodies have been sent to the affected regions so far, and the floods have been blamed for more than 1,000 deaths in Nigeria.
One resident, who spoke to the BBC on condition of anonymity because he did not want his name to be used to influence the government, said he was in a tent when the floods came.
“It was really tough. Everyone tried to save their lives. We tried to build dams but were unable. Everybody was really helpless. I don’t know how to tell you how happy I am to be alive,” he said.
“We felt like we were in hell, like we were dying.”
The man also said he had taken shelter