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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari condemns the disaster

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari condemns the disaster

Hundreds killed in Nigeria floods, more than 1.4 million displaced


The death toll from the current disaster in Nigeria has risen to at least 600 people, nearly 1.4 million are displaced, hundreds of thousands without homes and three cities have been submerged by floodwaters, according to the UNHRC.

The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari condemned the disaster, saying he was “deeply saddened” by the deaths and the number of people displaced.

The President said he “will do everything in his power to ensure that this situation is not repeated in Nigeria.”

“The government remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of its people and continues to support measures to address the crisis.”

A relief team is currently at the scene of the disaster with the help of international aid organizations.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said at least 600 people died and 800 people were also missing and had been listed as missing in action.

The report said:

“On October 7, 2016, an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 (on the Richter Scale) struck the area of Port Harcourt, located on the shores of Lake Chad, about 500 km north of the capital city of Lagos.

“It was also the most powerful quake to strike the Lake Chad region in more than 35 years.

“At least 600 deaths and more than 1.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

“The majority of the dead are children and women, and more than 10,000 have been displaced from their homes.

“Water has been the most common cause of death, followed by disease, and more than 1,400 people have been hospitalized. More than 20,000 people were injured.

“The International Committee of the Red Cross (icrc) is currently at the scene with more than 100 staff providing essential relief, protection and rehabilitation services, including shelter and medical support for up to 1,800 people affected by the disaster.

“More than 15,000 people have been assisted with temporary shelter provided by UN agencies, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR

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