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Published Tuesday, September 18, 2018
More than 100 people were killed after two major rivers burst their banks in Nigeria, destroying homes and farms. A national disaster has been declared in 4 of Nigeria's 36 states. Water levels in parts of the country are reaching those recorded in 2012 when the country endured its worst flooding in more than 50 years.
The events took place over the past two weeks, after heavy rains caused the Niger and Benue rivers to overflow, resulting in a series of devastating floods in towns and cities across the country. Tens of thousands of people were left trapped in their homes.
The worst affected is Niger State, where more than 40 people have died.
"We have declared a national disaster in four states - Kogi, Delta, Anambra and Niger," said Sani Datti, a spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Eight other states are being monitored - Taraba Adamawa, Kebbi, Edo, Rivers, Benue, Bayelsa and Kwara.
Nigeria flood Facts
Affected Area: 250 km.
Alert Level: Yellow