100 die in Nigeria floods as toll expected to rise


Houses partially submerged in flood waters are pictured in Lokoja city, Kogi State, Nigeria September 17, 2018. ...
Houses partially submerged in flood waters are pictured in Lokoja city, Kogi State, Nigeria September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

In Summary

  • The agencies have warned that 12 of Nigeria's 36 states will be seriously affected by severe flooding.
  • Some of the worst affected areas are along the Niger River.
  • Its water level is expected to rise substantially if water is released from the Lagbo dam in Cameroon as Nigerian authorities anticipate.

Nigeria floods killed 100 people after heavy rains in recent days, authorities said.

A National Emergency Management Agency spokesman tells The Associated Press that the deaths have occurred in 10 states and that the toll could rise.

The Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency say rising water levels will be higher than those recorded in 2012, when flooding killed 363 people and displaced over 2.1 million.

The agencies have warned that 12 of Nigeria’s 36 states will be seriously affected by severe flooding.

Some of the worst affected areas are along the Niger River.

Its water level is expected to rise substantially if water is released from the Lagbo dam in Cameroon as Nigerian authorities anticipate.

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