By: Kazeem Biriowo
IN order to assist flood victims in five states across the country, the European Union (EU) says it has provided €80,000 (N35.5 million) to assist the most vulnerable people as a form of support against the environmental challenge.
Part of the support is to provide basic needs such as potable water, sanitation among other reliefs.
The benefitting states include in Jigawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Sokoto and Zamfara states.
In a statement issued by Modestus Chukwulaka, the EU’s Press and Information Officer, the funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
“This EU funding supports the Nigerian Red Cross Society in delivering much-needed relief, including cash grants to enable households to acquire goods for their basic needs, to ensure access to safe drinking water, to provide sanitation services to affected communities, and to promote best hygiene practices despite the emergency context,” the statement read in parts.
According to him, over 150 people have died, and about 25,000 displaced due to the heavy rainfall in the nation which commenced in September.
“Some of the worst floodings occurred in early October, caused by the bursting banks of the Benue and Niger rivers. Affected communities have lost their homes, essential belongings, and cropland. Floodwaters are also exposing communities to the risk of waterborne diseases,” it added.