More than 600 killed in Nigeria’s worst flooding in a decade
Hundreds of people have been killed by flooding in Nigeria, after heavy monsoon rains sent rivers bursting their banks.
Thousands of people have also been evacuated from their homes.
The death toll from the flooding is expected to rise.
Rivers burst their banks in many parts of the country, after the arrival of the first monsoon rains sent streams of water overflowing in many cities.
Nigeria had been living with flooding since October, after the country’s worst cyclone in a decade, the Alhaji Luyo Cyclone.
Rights activists said the monsoon rains were likely to increase.
Aftermath: Flooded people carry their relief buckets
Buses and taxis were forced to ferry thousands of people to dry ground, as authorities appealed for international aid.
The floods left almost 300,000 people without sufficient water supplies, according to the World Food Programme.
“The humanitarian crisis in Aba is a stark reminder of how much more needs to be done in protecting the vulnerable,” UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
In the worst affected city in Plateau state, a 10m-high mound of mud and broken concrete was the most visible sign of the destruction.
The situation was so bad in Plateau state that some residents started packing their cars and dumping their contents onto the street, before driving to their destinations.
President Goodluck Jonathan visited Aba early on Sunday, and spoke to victims and appealed for assistance.
Rescue workers try to prevent people from driving on flooded streets in Aba, Nigeria, on Monday (AP)
“I call on every Nigerian who has faith in his president to stand by him in the hour that lies in front of him,” he said.
“We will not tolerate this abuse of our sovereignty and we will not allow us to be drowned in this river of our own making.”
A spokesman said 1,800 people were being treated for the water-borne diseases.
He did not say where the majority of the deaths were, citing the “precarious” situation.
An elderly man carries an injured woman as floodwaters rise in