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19 million Nigerians suffer food insecurity over flooding – UN

The United Nations (UN) has raised alarm over the flooding in Nigeria in 2022.

The spokesperson Stephane Dujarric made this revelation at a news conference at UN headquarters in New York, saying that the world organization was following the events.

“We are gravely concerned that the flooding will worsen the already alarming food insecurity and malnutrition situation in Nigeria.”

The spokesperson revealed that at least 440,000 hectares of farmland have been partially or totally devastated.

The UN further said that “more than 19 million people across Nigeria are facing severe food insecurity.’’

Dujarric said since July, the government of Nigeria have made provision for non-food, food items and drinkable water to thousands of families.

The UN explained that it was assisting the government with assessments and response in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe and other states.

The international organization also said its support also include local water drains, emergency shelter kits, walling around shelters and sandbags to reduce the evils of the flooding.

The federal government had publicized that over 600 persons have lost their lives, and 1.3 million people have been displaced.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has also said that the production of cereal would likely reduce by 3.4 per cent due to flooding, insecurity and high agriculture production costs.

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