More than 600 dead in Nigeria floods

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More than 600 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the worst flooding in a decade in Nigeria.

A map of Nigeria

The disaster has left more than 1.3 million people homeless, destroyed more than 82,000 houses and nearly 110,000 hectares (272,000 acres) of farmland, according to a statement released by Nigeria’s ministry of humanitarian affairs.

While the rainy season usually begins around June, the rainfall had been particularly heavy since August, said the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

In 2012, 363 people died and more than 2.1 million were displaced by flooding.

Sub-Saharan Africa is disproportionately affected by climate change and many of its economies are already struggling from ripple effects of the Russia-Ukraine war.

Rice producers have warned that the devastating floods could impact prices in the country of some 200 million people where rice imports are banned to stimulate local production.

The World Food Programme and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said last month that Nigeria was among six countries facing a high risk of catastrophic levels of hunger.