2012 Nigeria floods

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2012 Nigeria floods
Duration July 2012 –
Fatalities 363 people killed, over 2,100,000 displaced.[1][2]
Areas affected
Adamawa, Taraba, Plateu, and Benue states of Nigeria have been hit the worst.

The 2012 Nigeria floods began in early July 2012, and have killed 363 people and displaced over 2,100,000 people as of 5 November.


Nigeria has a rainy season and suffers from seasonal flash floods. These flash foods are sometimes lethal, especially in the rural areas or overcrowded slums, where drainage is poor or does not exist at all. [3]


On 2 July 2012, many Nigerian coastal and inland cities experienced heavy rains, and residents of Lagos were "gasping for breath" due to the flooding. In addition, there was a gridlock on major roads, causing people to cancel or postpone appointments they may have had. Thousands of stranded commuters had to pay increased fares for the few bus drivers who were willing to risk travelling on the roads, and construction of work by the Nigerian government on the inner Oke-Afa Road took a "heavy toll."[4]

In mid-July 2012, flooding in the Ibadan metropolis caused some residents at Challenge, Oke-Ayo, and Eleyele to flee from their residences and save their lives. The flooding also prevented some Christians from attending churches in the morning, while a few bridges caved in. The Nigerian government said that certain structures on waterways had to be demolished as a result of the flooding, while Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Bosun Oladele, announced that there weren't any casualties from the flooding.[5]

In late July 2012, at least 39 people were killed due to flooding in the central Nigerian Plateau state. Heavy rainfall caused the Lamingo dam to overflow near Jos, sweeping across a number of neighborhoods in Jos, and approximately 200 homes were submerged or destroyed. In addition, at least 35 people were missing, while Manasie Phampe, the head of the Red Cross in the state, announced that relief efforts were ongoing. The floods left 3,000 people homeless, many of whom are taking refuge in government buildings in Jos.[6]


In mid-August, flooding killed at least 33 people in central Nigeria's Plateau state, and co-ordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency in central Nigeria Abdussalam Muhammad said that homes were destroyed while roads and bridges were washed away, obstructing relief efforts. Over 12,000 people were affected by the flooding in six districts of the state, while hundreds were rendered homeless.[7]

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  1. ^ "Nigeria floods kill 363 people, displace 2.1 mln". Reuters. November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Thirty dead in Nigeria flood, 120,000 displaced". AFP. September 9, 2012. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nigeria floods kill 137, displace thousands". Reuters. September 9, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Inyama, Nnamdi; Muanya, Chukwuma; Adepetun, Adeyemi (July 3, 2012). "Lagosians gasp for breath as flood ravages the city". The Guardian Nigeria. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Ajayi, Ola (July 16, 2012). "Nigeria: Flood Sacks Ibadan Residents". AllAfrica. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Nigeria: Deadly flooding in Jos in Plateau state". BBC. July 24, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Nigeria Plateau state floods kill 33". BBC. August 14, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012.