Aerial photos of flooding around the River Niger in Lokoja reveal extent of damage

Aerial view images of flooding around River Niger in Lokoja released by the National Emergency Management Agency , NEMA, has revealed the extent of the flooding in the city.

The Flooding, caused by the overflowing River Niger stranded millions of land transport travellers crossing the city, a transportation hub between Abuja, the nation’s capital and most cities in Nigeria’s south.

Some of the flood victims were trapped on treetops in Lokoja as the humanitarian crisis worsened earlier in the week. Other parts of Kogi state, especially villages near the bank of the overflowing Rive Niger – Idah and Ibaji – are also flooded, destroying farmland and rendering thousands homeless.

NEMA is currently camping over 10,000 displaced flood victims in Kogi and the neighbouring Benue state, which is hit by heavy flooding after Cameroon released water from the Lagdo Dam, East of Nigeria.

The government has asked Berger, RCC, to free Lokoja-Abuja Road from flooding but made no mention of controlling the flood or compensating residents whose houses and farmlands have been washed away.

Despite the growing humanitarian crises, the Executive Council of the Federation, otherwise known as FEC, met this Wednesday and made no reference to the flooding which has claimed at least 20 lives across Nigeria and displaced more than a million.

View the photos in the slideshow below.

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