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Dredging River Niger panacea to perennial flooding, says group

Anambra flood

The World Igbo Environment Foundation (WIEF) has called for the dredging of River Niger and de-silting of water bodies to solve the perennial problem of flooding in Nigeria. The foundation’s Executive Director, Dr Odili Ojukwu, suggested this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in Awka, the capital of Anambra State. Ojukwu ...

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AfDB moves to boost climate risk financing, insurance for African countries

Atsuko Toda

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the Africa Disaster Risks Financing (ADRiFi) Programme, the institution’s first climate risk management programme to boost resilience and response to climate shocks in regional member countries. The comprehensive programme, open to regional member countries, will enhance their ability to evaluate climate-related risks and costs, respond to disasters and review adaptation measures at both ...

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Venice braces for worst flooding in nearly 40 years


Italy’s lagoon city of Venice is bracing itself for the worst flooding event since 1979, amid a nationwide weather alert across Italy, local authorities reported on Monday, October, 29, 2018. “The high tide was due to reach 160 centimetres, a level that leaves 77 per cent of Venice’s historic centre under water,’’ the authorities said. On Dec. 22, 1979, the ...

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


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


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’


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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