Deadly Floods Displace More Than 2 Million In Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (November 5, 2012)--Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency says 363 people have died over months of flooding across the West African nation and that 2.1 million others are displaced because of the floods.

The agency made the announcement Monday as Nigeria's annual rainy season was coming to an end.

The report covered July through the end of October.

The agency said Adamawa and Kogi state where more than 18,000 people were injured, suffered the most casualties.

Heavy seasonal rains typically cause flooding across Nigeria, because drainage can be poor in areas and people live in floodplains, but the flooding this year was exacerbated by heavier than normal rains that caused officials in both Nigeria and neighboring Cameroon to open strained dams.


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