Government officials declared a state of natural disaster on Tuesday, September 18, due to ongoing flooding. Heavy rain and consequent flash floods have affected the country for the past several weeks, resulting in property and infrastructural damages as well as deaths. Katsina, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kogi, Niger, Delta, and Anambra states appear to be the most affected. Around 110 deaths have been reported so far in Katsina, Jigawa, and Niger. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) announced that a National Contingency Plan has been activated and that other states will be under watch, with the situation likely to worsen in the coming days. Associated transportation disruptions and power outages are to be anticipated in affected areas. Medical and relief support has been deployed to impacted zones.
Torrential downpours are a frequent occurrence during the rainy season - which lasts from May to October - and often lead to significant flooding and traffic disruptions.
Individuals in or traveling via the abovementioned states are advised to monitor local weather forecasts, avoid areas directly hit by flooding, prepare for associated transportation disruptions, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders). Be advised that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all food discarded.
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