The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in collaboration with the Delta State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), on Monday, flagged off the distribution of fertilisers to flood-impacted farmers in the state in 2018.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the fertiliser distribution to farmers in Oshimili South and North Local Government areas of the state was flagged off on Monday in Asaba.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr Chidi Ogundu, the Supervisor in charge of the intervention in the state, said that the project, which was designed and coordinated by NEMA, was targeted at achieving national food security, in line with the objective of the committee on food security.
According to him, NEMA designed and coordinated the emergency agricultural intervention in all the flood and conflict-impacted states in the country.
Ogundu said that a total of 3,678 farmers were affected by the 2018 flood, which ravaged farmlands in all the 16 local government areas of the state.
He recalled that NEMA had worked in collaboration with SEMA and the state ministry of agriculture to conduct the enumeration of the affected farmers and verification of the farmlands.
The meetings, according to him, were followed with the distribution of seedlings, sprayers and agrochemicals.
”As the supervisor of the project, I worked with the team that was given to me and the process was so smooth. The team joined me during the enumeration exercise, which started precisely on April 19.
“After the enumeration, the farm inputs such as yam seedlings, vegetable seeds, cassava stems, plantain suckers, agro-chemical and sprayers were distributed to the farmers,” he said.
Ogundu explained that the distribution of the items was first carried out before the distribution of agro-chemicals and sprayers to the farmers.
He listed the affected local government areas to include Oshimili South, Oshimili North, Aniocha South, Ndokwa East, Ndokwa West, Isoko North and Isoko South.
Others are Patani, Udu, Ughelli North, Ughelli South, Bomadi, Burutu, Warri South, Warri South West and Warri North local government areas.
Responding on behalf of the farmers, Mr Joseph Nwama, President, Merchant Club Cooperative Society, commended the Federal Government for providing them with the farm inputs.
”When they started this journey with us some months back, it was like a joke; but to our greatest surprise, they have given us everything they promised us,’ ‘ he said. (NAN)
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
UN agencies launch response plan to help flood victims in Somalia
UN agencies on Friday officially released a flood response plan to help nearly one million people who have been affected by the flooding in Somalia.
The 2020 Somalia Flood Response Plan seeks 59.85 million United States dollars to deliver life-saving assistance to hundreds of thousands in 29 districts over three months.
“With existing resources, humanitarian partners are responding and have delivered food, clean water, emergency shelter, nutrition and medical supplies to flood-affected communities, reaching 255,000 people so far,” said the UN agencies in a joint statement issued in Mogadishu.
The plan, the draft of which has served as the basis for response since the flooding began, outlines support to the government and member states to meet the needs of nearly one million people affected by the Gu’ seasonal rains.
Since April, the floods caused widespread displacement, death as well as destruction of infrastructure and property in 29 districts across the country.
“Of the 918,667 people affected, 415,000 were displaced from their homes. At least 29 people have been killed,” said the UN.
According to the UN, the rains are likely to increase the risk of water-borne diseases.
It said since January, over 2,780 cases of acute watery diarrhea and cholera have been reported, higher than the situation over the same period in 2019, when 1,295 cases were reported.
Humanitarian agencies have broadened and scaled-up their flood response in close coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia and member states.
The plan includes delivery of shelter and non-food assistance as well as water and sanitation assistance to 400,000 people, rehabilitating damaged communal infrastructure including site maintenance in 277 IDP settlements, providing immediate food assistance to 200,000 people in flood-affected areas, and offering health and preventive services to 300,000 people.
The flooding comes at a time when Somalia is struggling with the worst locust infestation in 25 years and COVID-19 outbreak, creating a triple threat.
Floods kill 29, affect over 1 mln others in Somalia: UN
At least 29 people have died while more than 1 million others have been affected by heavy rains and riverine floods since the Gu (April-June) heavy rains started in Somalia in April, a United Nations agency said on Friday.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 418,000 people have been displaced in 29 districts across Somalia as humanitarian agencies ramp up responses to reach those affected by the flooding.
“The rains have washed away thousands of hectares of crops, exacerbating food insecurity in affected areas,” OCHA said in a report.
The rains could escalate the current outbreak of water-borne diseases, particularly acute watery diarrhea and cholera, especially among internally displaced people living in crowded settlements across the country, the report said.
The UN agency said humanitarian agencies have ramped up efforts to mitigate the devastating effects of the rains and have reached more than 255,000 people with life-saving assistance.
“This includes food, clean water, emergency shelter, nutrition and medical supplies for people who were affected by the floods,” it said.
The UN agency said most of Somalia’s annual rainfall (75 percent) is recorded during the Gu (April-June) season, and the performance of the season is critical for communities dependent on crops and livestock.
“On a positive note, the current heavy rainfall is expected to replenish the water catchments and subsequently boost water availability and pasture regenerations for livestock,” OCHA said.
In pics: flooded street following heavy rain in Sanaa, Yemen
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Children ride their bicycles through a flooded street following heavy rain in Sanaa, Yemen, on June 4, 2020. (Photo by Mohammed Mohammed/Xinhua)
Heavy rains, floods leave 10 killed in southeastern Yemen: official
At least 10 people were killed and several others injured during heavy seasonal rains and floods that hit Yemen’s southeastern province during the past 24 hours, a government official told Xinhua on Thursday.
According to the local government official who preferred to remain anonymous, “the heavy seasonal rain began late Wednesday and caused flash floodings that killed at least seven people in Hadramout and three others in the neighboring province of Shabwa.”
“Dozens of houses and civilian vehicles were flooded and livestock were washed away during the heavy seasonal rains continued throughout Thursday morning,” the source said.
He pointed out that “military helicopters of the government forces intervened to rescue several families trapped in their villages by the flooding.”
Yemen’s National Meteorological Center issued a statement on Wednesday expecting the continuation of heavy seasonal rains and thunderstorms during the upcoming hours and warned citizens to stay away from flood ducts.
The center also asked the Yemeni citizens living in mud houses in Hadramout to take necessary precautions in order to ensure their safety.
UN releases 3 mln USD to aid 302,000 flood victims in Kenya
The United Nations has released 3 million U.S. dollars in emergency funds to aid almost 302,000 flood victims in Kenya, a UN spokesman said on Friday.
“Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that seasonal heavy rains have affected nearly 302,000 people in 43 of the 47 counties,” said UN secretary-general’s deputy spokesman Farhan Haq.
The UN Central Emergency Response Fund allocated the 3 million U.S. dollars to support humanitarian partners, providing shelter, food, water, sanitation and health services to the affected population, Haq said. Emergency shelter and non-food items have been distributed to over 5,600 households.
The Kenya Red Cross Society said that over 211,000 people are displaced from their homes, up from 116,000 at the beginning of the month. Nearly 27,000 livestock have been lost and over 30,000 acres of crops submerged, increasing the risk of food insecurity across the country.
Flooding: Ekiti LG warns residents against dumping refuse in drains
The Ido-Osi Local Government Council of Ekiti has warned residents to desist from dumping refuse in drains, especially during the rainy season.
The Chairman of the council, Mr Adeola Lawrence, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ido-Ekiti on Friday.
He said with the commencement of the rainy season, there was need for residents of the community to keep the drains clean to avert flooding.
Lawrence said the local government council had been sensitising residents on the need to always dispose their refuse in designated dump sites.
He said that environmental officers of the council would be moving around to ensure that residents complied with the directives of the council.
Adamant residents, he said, would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
According to him, the council has been making efforts to avert flooding and will not tolerate any act which can jeopardise its initiatives.
The chairman assured residents that his administration would continue to create an enabling environment to make living conducive for residents.
Edited By: Moses Solanke/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Flood kills 3 in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province
Heavy rains and flash flood have claimed the lives of three persons and three others went missing in Yamgan district of the northern Badakhshan province, head of Natural Disaster Management Authority of the province, Abdullah Hamayon Dehqan said Friday.
Heavy rain followed by flood hit parts of Yamgan district late Thursday and besides washing away several houses also killed three villagers and three others are still missing, Dehqan confirmed to Xinhua.
The number of casualties could be higher as flood destroyed some houses and farmlands in the neighboring Kasham district, the official said, adding fact rescue teams have been sent to the affected areas to survey the damaged families.
Hydrological Agency says 28 states at risk of flooding
No fewer than 102 local government areas in 28 states are at risk of flooding, according to the 2020 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO), released by the Nigeria Hydrological Survey Agency (NIHSA) on Thursday.
The states include the states of Rivers, Cross River, Delta, Lagos, Ondo, Bayelsa, Sokoto, Kogi, Niger, Kaduna, Gombe, Adamawa, Benue, FCT, Nasarawa, Delta, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ebonyi, Edo, Abia, Anambra, Imo, Borno, Kano and Kebbi.
At the Official Presentation of the outlook in Abuja, the Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, noted that the outlook was a fallout from the devastating effect of the 2012 flood in the country.
He said that the purpose of the outlook was to present probable flood scenarios for this year and to disseminate information to all, especially in flood-prone areas and further reduce resultant effects.
According to him, flood is one of the most frequent natural disasters in Nigeria with devastating impact on the poor and vulnerable populations who live along river banks and rely on flood plains for livelihoods.
He said that although the flood outlook had shown that 2020 floods might not be as severe as previous years, it was important for all stakeholders to carry out aggressive awareness campaign for preparedness.
“It is pertinent to note that the impending flooding season with COVID-19 presents a fight against two threats; on one hand, the ongoing corona virus pandemic and on the other hand, the likelihood of an active 2020 flood season.
“The 2020 flood projections will as expected vary from moderate to severe flooding in most parts of the country.
“Overall, the flood level may not be as severe as previous years, but it is a certainty that our rivers will exceed flood level and many will be inundated again this year.”
The minister said that as always, flooding was associated with increased risk of infections when the displaced persons were high and polluted water sources, added that it was important for all stakeholders to prepare earnestly.
He added that part of the intervention to promote hygiene was the recently signed Executive Order 009 by the President Muhammadu Buhari aimed at ending Open Defecation by 2025.
“Many state governors have bought into this idea, the ministry declared emergency in the water and sanitation sector to encourage hand washing and put in place the National WASH Response Committee for COVID -19,” he said.
The minster also commended the efforts of NIHSA in the development of a new Flood Mobile App, saying that it would add practical value to water managers and for overall disaster risks management.
The NIHSA’s Director-General, Mr Clement Nze said the 2020 AFO would go beyond borders and defer all barriers to reach the needy in providing information on early flood warning required for mitigating risks in the country.
Nze noted that the need to carry out aggressive sensitisation and awareness campaigns on consistent clearing of all water ways and maintenance of dams and reservoirs to ensure free flow of water in drainages.
The D-G said the Flood Mobile App would also be used to give actual daily flood situation to everyone, especially those at the rural areas through the use of SMS services.
The new Flood Mobile App is designed to be of practical value to the Water Managers, Technical Experts, Disaster Risk Managers, Policy Makers and Flood Forecasting Community for flood prevention and for enhancing flood early warning systems in the Nigeria.
Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Grace Yussuf (NAN)
Around 200,000 people affected by floods in India’s Assam
Around 200,000 people were affected by floods in India’s northeastern state of Assam, officials said Wednesday.
The floods have hit seven districts in the state, damaging standing crops and disrupting road connectivity.
According to officials, many people have taken shelter inside relief camps at Goalpara and Tinsukia districts.
Authorities have deputed National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams in the affected areas to carry out flood relief and rescue works.
“Around two lakh (200,000) people in seven districts have been affected in the first wave of floods in the state’s Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Darrang, Nalbari, Goalpara, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts,” an official at Assam state disaster management authority said. “Our teams are stationed at 40 places with equipment to carry our rescue work.”
“A total of 35 relief camps and relief distribution centres have been opened,” the official said.
Heavy rains continue to lash large parts of the state, including capital city Dispur. According to local meteorological centre, heavy rainfall is predicted in the region over the next four days.
Floods are an annual occurrence in Assam during the monsoon season.
Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red-colour coded weather alert for Assam and Meghalaya until Thursday, predicting very heavy rainfall in these two northeastern states.
Meanwhile, the adjacent state of Meghalaya has witnessed heavy showers, cyclonic storm and hailstorm in various districts, triggering landslides, floods and washing off roads and bridges.
The rains hit the state following last week’s super cyclone Amphan.
The rainstorm lashed out in different districts in the past 24 hours, damaging farms while uprooting trees and bringing down electric cables in different districts.
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