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Abuja tremors can’t lead to earthquake, says expert


The National President, Association of Hydrologists, Prof. Ehidiamhen Charles, on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 said the two recent earth tremors in Abuja could not lead to earthquake. Charles. who made this known in Minna, Niger State while speaking with newsmen, said: “The minor incidents should not cause panic among the residents of the Federal Capital Territory. “These incidents are minor, they cannot ...

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Government directs three-man committee to assess Jigawa flood damage

Suleiman Adamu

The Minister for Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, has directed a three-member committee in the National Water Resources Institute (NWRI) to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the devastation caused by flood in Jigawa State. Alhaji Yusuf Sani, the Executive Secretary of Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), stated this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria ...

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Italian storms claim 29 lives, 14m trees

Italy storm

No fewer than 12 people have been killed by severe weather on the island of Sicily, bringing the overall death toll from the storms sweeping Italy to 29, officials said on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Torrential rain triggering landslides and flood waters led to the death of 10 people in the region around Palermo, a spokesman for the Sicilian capital’s ...

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Earth tremor hits Abuja again, NEMA, geological agency confirm incident


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) have confirmed an incident of earth tremor at the Maitama District of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Both agencies confirmed this in a joint statement signed by Mr Vincent Owan, Director, Planning, Research and Forecasting NEMA, and Mr Abdulrazak Garba of the ...

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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

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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