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Again, flood sacks Otuoke, ex-President Jonathan’s hometown

Yenagoa

Flood has taken over parts of Otuoke Community, hometown of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in Bayelsa State. Otuoke is in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state and one of the communities mostly affected by flooding. Some residents of the community now use canoes to assess their homes following the overflow of River Orashi-Taylor and Epie creeks, respectively traversing Rivers ...

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Over 131,000 people affected by flood in Niger, says NEMA

Alhaji-Abubakar-Sani-Bello

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 said that 131,432 residents of Niger State were affected by the recent flood, of whom 17,631 were in urgent need of relief materials. Malam Idris Mohammed, Incident Commander in Charge of Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) for Niger, Kwara and Kebbi states, disclosed this in an interview with the News ...

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Disasters lead to drop in visitors to Japan for first time since 2013

Japan flooding

The number of monthly overseas tourists to Japan declined for the first time in more than five years as the country suffered powerful typhoon and a major earthquake, the government said on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. According to the Japan National Tourist Organisation (JNTO), the country received 2.16 million visitors in September, down 5.3 per cent, marking the first year-on-year ...

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Bududa landslide: Hundreds feared dead, 40 bodies recovered

Bududa landslide

A massive landslide hit Bududa district in Uganda again on Thursday, October 11, 2018 following a heavy downpour and hundreds of people are feared dead. Although 40 bodies had been recovered, by press time, hundreds are feared dead because some areas were still inaccessible. According to preliminary information, two market centres on the slopes of Mt. Elgon and two schools were completely ...

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Flood: NEMA declares five more states as ‘national disasters’

Suleja-flood

The National Emergency Management (NEMA), has declared five more states – Adamawa, Taraba, Kebbi, Bayelsa and Rivers – as “National Disaster” following the recent flooding that has ravaged the states. Mr Sani Datti, Head of Media and Public Relations, NEMA, made this known in a statement on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in Abuja. According to Datti, Mr Mustapha Maihaja, Director ...

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Flood destroys 280ha of rice farms in Edo

Flooded farm

Flood has destroyed 280 hectares of rice farm in Iguoriakhi and Iguomo in Ovia North-East and Ovia South-West local government areas of Edo State. The state Chairman of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Mr Dirisu Abdulsalam, told newsmen on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in Benin Cty, the state capital, that farmers close to the riverine areas in the state ...

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Floods submerge over 500 rice farms in Bayelsa community

Flooded farm

No fewer than 500 rice farms at Okpotuwari and Ondewari communities in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have been submerged by floods, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Mr Ezekiel Ogbianko, Chairman, Rice Farmers Association in the state, who inspected the submerged farms on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, called on the federal and state governments to ...

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Most economic losses from disasters are climate-related – UN

Nigeria flood

Climate-linked disasters accounted for three-quarters of overall disaster losses in the past 20 years causing at least $2.25 trillion of damages, the UN reported on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. From 1998 to 2017, direct losses from all disasters totaled $2.9 trillion, of which 77 per cent was due to extreme weather that is intensifying as the world warms, the UN ...

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Geoethics as solution to Abuja tremor, other hazards

Abuja

On October 18, 2018, Nigeria and the world shall join the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG), to celebrate the International Geoethics Day. The initiative was born in 2017 with the aim to raise the awareness of the geoscience community and society about the importance of geoethics. The Geoethics Day falls into the Earth Science Week and will be the ...

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Death toll from Indonesia’s quakes rises to 1,424

Indonesia quakes

The death toll from multiple quakes and a tsunami in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province had risen to 1,424, an official said on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Head of the planning department of the National Search and Rescue Office, Abdul Haris, said that the search and rescue operation was hampered by poor access to the hardest-hit areas. He said that many ...

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