Nigerian Government puts the figures of 2012 displaced persons at two million.
The Federal Government on Friday in Abuja said over two million people were displaced in the 2012 flood in 27 states.
The Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, disclosed this during the public presentation of the 2013 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) and Nigeria Climate Review bulletin by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET.
Ms. Oduah, represented by Clement Dosumu, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, said Federal Government was taking drastic measures to mitigate the disaster in the future.
“We all recall that last year, an unprecedented flood affected 27 states of the federation resulting in loss of over 300 lives and the displacement of over two million people from their homes.
“The flood also destroyed farmlands, livestock and other means of livelihood for millions of rural dwellers. Critical infrastructure was also damaged and activities in several sectors of the economy were disrupted.
“It would appear that the 2012 floods took most people unawares despite the early warnings issued by NIMET pointing to the likelihood of flooding in different parts of the country,” he said.
The minister said that President Goodluck Jonathan had made it mandatory for NIMET to ensure the timely preparation and release of the 2013 rainfall prediction so that Nigerians would know what to expect during the rainy season in 2013.
Ms. Oduah said government is initiating steps toward evolving a broad-based National Framework for Climate Services with the objective of incorporating science-based climate information and predictions provided by NIMET into planning, policy formulation and execution.
She noted that at the global level, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), in 2012, adopted the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) designed to incorporate science-based climate information and prediction into planning, policy formulation and execution.