Former President Goodluck Jonathan says that the worsening humanitarian crisis in states affected by flooding needs urgent action and collaboration by stakeholders.
“I am touched by the dire situation in some of the affected states, especially my home State Bayelsa where almost all the local government areas are submerged in water and the East-West Road section leading to the State has become impassable, creating a scarcity of food and essential commodities,” the former President said during a visit to his Otuoke community in Bayelsa State to assess the impact of the flood.
He described the situation in many of the affected areas as depressing because of the magnitude of the flood and the disruption and destruction it has caused.
While sympathising with victims, Jonathan said Nigerians need to work in unity to achieve the goal of giving hope and providing succour to all victims.
He urged all citizens of goodwill and humanitarian agencies to demonstrate solidarity with these victims and provide support to those affected.
Several parts of the country are currently being ravaged by flooding which has displaced thousands of people and left over 600 dead.
Aside from this, 1,427,370 persons and 181,600 houses have been partially damaged, while another 123,807 houses totally damaged, according to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
About 176,852 hectares of farmlands are also said to have been partially damaged and 392,399 hectares totally damaged.
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