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Nigeria: Severe flooding in Lagos and Niger states July 7-8

Heavy rains cause severe flooding in Lagos and Niger states July 7-8, leaving two dead and ten missing; avoid flooded areas

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/10/2017, 12:00 AM until 7/12/2017, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Lagos state, Niger state

Event

Heavy rains on the night of Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8, have caused severe flooding in parts of Lagos and Niger states. Two people were reported dead and at least ten more are missing after floods wreaked havoc in  Salujah, Niger state. Severe infrastructural damage has been reported in the neighborhoods of Ajah, Ikoyi, Lekki, and Victoria Island areas of Lagos state.

Transportation disruptions and an increase in looting and petty crime was reported in the affected areas of both Niger and Lagos states. Several residents were trapped in their homes due to the flooding, however as of Monday, July 10, many of those affected were reported safe.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEAN) warned those in affected areas to avoid flooded roads and stated that further heavy rains should be expected in the coming weeks, which could lead to more hazardous conditions.

Context

In Nigeria, the rainy season typically lasts from March to November. According to the NIHSA, the number of people in the country vulnerable to devastating floods is expected to continue to rise due to urbanization, population growth (particularly in flood-prone regions), deforestation, and climate change.

Advice

Individuals present in the affected regions are advised to follow all instructions as issued by local authorities and be prepared to leave immediately if an evacuation order is given. Monitor any relevant developments to the situation via local media, the authorities, and reliable weather reporting outlets. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.

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