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27 Aug 2019 | 12:54 PM UTC

Nigeria: Heavy rain and flooding reported nationwide as of August 25 /update 1

Nigeria News Alert

Heavy rain and flooding reported nationwide August 25; further flooding and associated disruptions likely nationwide

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/27/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/7/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria

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Heavy rain and flooding, which have hit Nigeria's northern states from early August through August 25, have led to significant disruptions to transportation services and daily life activities. Between August 20-25, at least eight people were killed in flooding incidents in the northern states of Jigawa, Borno, and Kano. Thousands of residents have been displaced in the abovementionned area. In addition, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) have issued a red alert due to flooding in Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Cross River, Oyo, Enugu, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Lagos, Edo, Imo, Abia, Jigawa, Adamawa, Delta, Rivers, Bauchi, and the Federal Capital Territory

Heavy rains and flooding are expected to continue over the coming days and weeks. Associated disruptions, including transportation disruptions, are likely in affected areas.


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions and flight reservations before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.


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