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3.4M people have been displaced by flooding in west and central Africa


The UN refugee agency said on Friday that devastation caused by floods has displaced more than 3.4 million people in west and central Africa.

UNHCR said on Friday that Nigeria’s worst flooding in a decade has killed hundreds, displaced 1.3 million residents and affected more than 2.8 million people in the West African nation. there are 218 million people.

Survivors had to seek higher ground as farmland and infrastructure were flooded. Many have been living in internally displaced people camps, set up in part to help people flee the violence simmering in the area, among other troubles.

UNHCR spokeswoman Olga Sarrado said: “The climate crisis is unfolding today – destroying livelihoods, disrupting food security, exacerbating conflicts over scarce resources and promoting push displacement”.

“The link between climate shocks and displacement is clear and growing.”

The agency noted that authorities in Chad, where floodwaters affected more than a million people, had declared a state of emergency.

Flooding also left hundreds dead and thousands displaced in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, UNHCR said.

The downpours in West Africa contrasted with the worst drought in 40 years in the Horn of Africa.

Nigeria records annual flooding, often the result of inadequate infrastructure and failure to comply with environmental guidelines.

Authorities in September blamed this year’s flooding on overflow from several local rivers, irregular rainfall and the discharge of excess water from the Lagdo dam in the northern region of neighboring Cameroon .

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