Flooding around River Niger Displaces Millions from their Homes in Kogi, Benue, Imo & Edo | Aerial View Images of the Flooding

Pictures showing the extent of the flooding around River Niger in Lokoja have been released by the National Emergency Management Agency.

The pictures show the devastating effects of the flood that has left millions of land transport travellers stranded crossing the city. The flooding, which was caused by the overflowing of the River Niger has greatly affected Lokoja which is a transportation hub between Abuja, the nation’s capital and most cities in Nigeria’s south.

Reports say that some of the flood victims were trapped on treetops in Lokoja as the crisis worsened earlier this week. Premium Times reports that NEMA is currently camping over 10,000 displaced flood victims in Kogi and the eighbouring Benue state, which is hit by heavy flooding after Cameroon released water from the Lagdo Dam, East of Nigeria.

It was also reported that the government has asked Julius Berger, RCC to free the Lokoja-Abuja road from flooding.

The flooding has claimed at least 20 lives across Nigeria and displaced more than a million. The extent of the flooding is is virtually cutting off the Northern part of the country from the South. A lot of small villages in Lokoja and Kogi will soon be wiped out if nothing is done soon.

In a statement by the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) signed by its National coordinator, Mr. Chino Obiagwu, the government has failed to bring adequate emergency relief to the millions of Nigerians affected or displaced.

“Many have died and several thousands injured or under intense threat of imminent epidemic,” the statement said. “Despite this huge disaster, the federal government and most state governments have not sufficiently responded or provided the much need relief to victims especially vulnerable women and children.”

It has also been reported that the flood is spreading to some parts of Edo state.

30 Comments on Flooding around River Niger Displaces Millions from their Homes in Kogi, Benue, Imo & Edo | Aerial View Images of the Flooding
  • naijasportsgists September 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    This is no small issue. I wonder how seriously the government will respond to it.

  • faith September 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    When there is lack of maintance and infrastruture it leads to this natural mess and hoping the federal government should listen to his citizens.

    • partyrider September 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      i dont understand how lack of maintenance LEADS to NATURAL mess?

      • Mz Socially Awkward…. September 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

        Maybe Faith’s referring to the lack of any maintenance of drainage facilities in that part of the country? Protection of wetlands? Ensuring the river levees&sandbanks are properly fortified?? Maybe the Kainji Dam should be properly assessed so it achieves it’s usefulness in preventing these kinds of situations??? I can definitely see how lack of maintenace can lead to natural disaster.

      • Ogo September 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

        Really wonder how we think. we are being hit by climate change instead of Nigerian citizens to wake up to reality, we are still ‘blaming’

      • houston babe September 29, 2012 at 2:36 am

        ummmm…technically it is a natural disaster, but that why we have geologists and regional planner. firt rule you do not buid your house that close to a river or sea or whatever….IT IS BOUND TO OVER FLOW. Its ony normal, its like building your house on a fault, well technically many peope in naij woud not even understand what am talking about.
        lets ALL get educated first then we can begin and learn to solve our own problems…goshh

  • iamfascinating September 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm


  • partyrider September 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    This aerial view really shows the extent of the disaster..wow! 🙁
    i hope the govt put proper measures in place to deal with this and the displace people.
    i really dont understand how or why Cameroon released water from their dam and how it reached river niger ..sigh

  • Yemi September 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Well the aerial view tells story of the flood in kogi better. This is just a tip of ice bag. What we have is a total disaster zone and our government and the press are acting as if the flood is all about the closed lokoja-abuja road. Thousands of families have been displaced, some lives obviously lost and we are playing the ostrich. If this were to be in europe, america or even asia, CNN and other international news channels would be highlighting rescues efforts every minutes.

  • salsera September 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    wow! this is a disaster!!!!!

  • faith September 26, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    GEJ pls come to the ppl’s aiD…PLsss abeg U!

  • Concerned September 27, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Its time Nigerians and Nigerian government began connecting the dots on climate change/global warming and the frequency of natural disasters around the world. Nigeria is the 2nd largest gas flaring nation in the world after Russia and contributes 13% of global C02 generated from gas flaring . CO2 and associated gases from flaring are known to exacerbate temperature increase thus global warming. The connection with temperature rise and the flooding in the eastern part of Nigeria is that temperature catalyzes and accelarates evapouration from waterbodies, therefore humanly induced imbalance in rate of evapouration and condensation could lead to flooding. It is funny that Nigeria does not have geological data that can reveal disasters that happened about 100 years ago in Nigeria as well as point to the exact places and cause. The average Nigerian believes that we are blessed with no natural disasters, which could be true in part. However, science tells us that these events could be cyclical and could also be anthropgenically initiated like the level of gas flaring that south-south an south-east have experienced could be playing their role now after 50-60years of sustained warming of the atmospher and lack of government understanding of the effects of temperature increase and climate change.

  • Let them say September 27, 2012 at 7:28 am

    @Yemi, yes people in America, Europe, Asia , CNN and other international channels will be highlighting rescue aid because the citizens and government of those countries involved always show their concern by giving their support through fundraising. If the owner of the trouble is doing nothing , please tell me how much can they do. Another way of shifting the blame-please point your finger in the right direction. Let’s all be our brother’s keeper , not waiting for outsider to come and show us love when we have not shown ourselves love.

  • Purpleicious Babe September 27, 2012 at 9:54 am

    SO what is the solution?? what are the officials saying now oh…

    becos am FED UP TO THE FEDDIES… i dont know if one can be fed up beyond fed up.

    How can we the citizens help??


  • laila September 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

    THe pictures show one thing for sure. All those settlements were along the river’s path. Over the last twenty or so years, we all know River Niger and Benue had more or less shrunk and dried up, leaving oly a narrow strip compared to what they used to be. Over time people settled along the banks. Also I wont be surprised if the continuous use of that Lokoja expressway has pressed the entire road downwards creating a valley (yes even with the ashphalt staying on top!) where there used to be an elevated road.

    It reminds me of the old saying, Water will always return to claim its path, no matter the length of time that passes, whether 10yrs or 100yrs.

    Its sad though that we as a Country can’t even handle the immediate emergency, talk less of addressing the wider issues of settlement location, dredging and worthiness of our roads. To think lives are just being cancelled like a game of tic-tac-toe………….*smh*

  • dobis September 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Gdness gracious! does it mean that that Cameroon dam cant b controlled or wat? i think Govt should move d displaced to neighboring or other states if it’s that bad. God help us.

  • zionbabe says… September 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

    This is disastrous””pity those within that region. may God help us all

  • Tiki September 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    It’s appalling that all of this could have been averted. I was particularly struck by the mention of Cameroon and so looked for more information. Check this out:
    and this
    What is that if not proof of the wickedness of some leaders?

    • Love September 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Wow! Lord have mercy! I read the articles in both links and I’m speechless! We really have wicked leaders in Nigeria 🙁

  • brandigest September 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    We don’t learn. Next year, flood will still displace half of our population, and it goes on and on. We really are in paucity of responsible and responsive people in government.

  • diogo September 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I pity the poor innocent souls that drowned and i just hoped that some BH members are victim….

  • ng September 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Plz mr president n oda ppl in top rank pls do come to d aid of d victim n plz do wake over dis issue n do sth urgently in oda to avoid repition of such incident ok one luv Nigeria rmba we r one n if sth should happen to one soul it wil affect d country adversely bc it will a great loss to d country .tnx

  • cathy September 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Oh mehn!!! na water cover pesin house so?????????? kai! people dey suffer eh

  • Modestus C. U . September 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Nigerians should not panic over the disasters rather, let begin to make reparation for our sins. What we are witnessing both in our country and other countries of the world is rather the begining of the horrible chastisement chastisement which God will use to purify the world. Whosoever often hear and or read of such sorrow will know know that it have been happening in the world . The more iniquites increases, the worsethe level greatb

  • Funshy September 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Its high time we understood this proverb which is a counsel of prudence. “A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE”. That is to say, timely action very often prevents a great loss. Had early actions been taken, there would have been less labour, better success, and less chance of loss or damage. It’s a huge disaster, now we have to learn the hard way.

  • molarah September 29, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    NEMA is releasing picture, Bellanaijarians are talking politics and climate change, is this the best we can do in this situation? Or is it the only thing that can be done? This is a national situation and as many hands as possible should be on deck to alleviate the situation. NEMA is not giving out helpful information: we know that disasters of this gravity are not managed solely by the government alone, not even the US does that. Is there any NGO working with NEMA to rescue and bring relief to the affected people? If there are, who are they and where is their bank account information/office address so we the general public can supplement their efforts? Better yet, can NEMA release their office addresses or possible relief depots so that members of the public can offer their support? Help is what is needed now, abi am I the only one thinking this way?

  • Peter Egwu September 30, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Nigerian government is not proactive, they refused the advice of experts. there is need for us to always take precautionary measure to avert some of these things. i hope they will learn from this and be more prepared for such in the future.p

  • iyke September 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    its a natural problem though we all should take the blame both government and citezens.must one be order not to build on the river side by the government? some houses are not up to 20 meters from the river.we should use our sences.we as a nation dont take precautionary measures in any thin we do.this is era of climate change,what are we doin at our different levels to mitigate it in our own life.government and subjects are all culpable.its time for us to take tings serious..this is the beginning. i sympathize with victms.let us all learn to be precaucious.

  • ivan October 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    we always think we are stronger than most african countries. to fight cameroon, all they need do is release water and we are finished. no need for weapons and artilleries. na wa ooooo

  • Winner October 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    This could be one of the signs,that shows we are truly at the close of age.inspite of this above write-up,the agency(ies)should come up with an immediate solution to this menance.LONG LIVE NIGERIA

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