Hundreds killed in Nigeria floods, more than 1.4 million displaced
As fears of Boko Haram resurface, the Nigerian president says authorities are ‘hunting the terrorists’
A photo of the flooded, chaotic region in Borno state, Nigeria, where more than a dozen communities have been destroyed during floods. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Head
The Nigerian president condemned the recent rise in attacks by Boko Haram, calling the group’s attacks ‘crimes of genocide in the heart of African civilisation’
More than a thousand people have been killed in floods across Nigeria as authorities struggle to contain the crisis, after the death toll rose to a record 1,384.
In three days of torrential rain and flooding, more than 1.4 million people, many of them desperately trying to escape floodwaters, have been displaced.
More than 1,000 people have been killed in floods across Nigeria as authorities struggle to contain the crisis.
In three days of torrential rain and flooding, more than a million have been displaced in the worst disaster in the country’s history.
Nigeria’s president has called for an emergency meeting with the main group that opposes the Boko Haram threat, and the U.S. ambassador said Washington plans to send humanitarian aid to the southern region.
President Umaru Yar’Adua in an address issued from his ranch in Jinka, Yobe state, said the terrorist group which is blamed for the killings and abductions of thousands of people had been ‘hunted’.
‘As for the latest security developments in our country, I just want to take this opportunity and once again take this opportunity to thank our security agencies for the way they have acted in our time of need, and we pray that they are the ones to hunt the terrorists in the heart of Africa,’ he said.
A photograph taken by a local resident shows a flood-swollen Konduga River in Borno state. Thousands are missing and thousands of others have been displaced in the region. Photo: REUTERS/Akintunde AkinloyeThe United States has also sent an aircraft carrier, C-32 aircraft, and military assistance for southern communities affected by floods.