By Laide Akinboade
ABUJA — The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said over 258,000 people were displaced as a result of flooding this year alone.
He also said over 1,555 persons lost their lives to cholera epidemic due to contamination of drinking water as a result of the flooding.
Director-General of NEMA, Mohammed Sani-Sidi, stated this yesterday while receiving a delegation of World Bank from Washington who are in the country to assess damage done by flood, noting that climate change was now a reality in the country.
According to him, “climate change, which is known as global warming has become a new reality in Nigeria.”
He said the flood also brought along the cholera epidemic due to the contamination of drinking water, adding that as at September 20, 2010, the collated data from NEMA, other relevant stakeholders, including World Health Organization, WHO, indicated that 20,656 cases had been recorded in 17 states and about 1,555 lives lost.
Leader of the delegation, Mr. Milen Dyoulgerov, said the team would visit some states in the Southern and Northern Nigeria to assess the areas adversely affected by the flood in 2010.
“The world is taking a more strategic approach to disaster risk management, shifting from focusing on post-disaster recovery and reconstruction to supporting clients to address ex ante disaster risk management efforts and policies.”
“Focus is also given to enhancing the resilience of client countries to the potential impacts of climate change through targeted adaptation and vulnerability reduction programs,” he said