Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has directed relevant government agencies to develop an action plan for the prevention of flood disasters in the West African country.
According to the president’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Buhari directed the Minister of Water Resources to lead and coordinate with the Ministries of Environment and Transportation as well as State Governments to develop a comprehensive plan of action for preventing flood disasters in Nigeria.
Nigeria has been hit by perennial floods that caused the loss of hundreds of lives and massive destruction of property.
Currently, more than 2.5 million people in the country are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations.
Flooding has affected 34 out of the 36 states in the country this year, killing more than 600 people and displacing 1.3 million people.
The UN says the country has recorded a rise in cases of diarrhoea and water-borne diseases, respiratory infection, and skin diseases.
Shehu noted that President Buhari is regularly receiving updates on the flooding situation and is committed to addressing the challenges caused by the disaster in the country.
By Jerry Omondi