30 Sep 2010 14:29:00 GMT
Written by: George Fominyen
DAKAR (AlertNet) - About 40,000 people driven from their homes by flash floods in the northern Nigerian state of Sokoto still need urgent assistance, medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says.
Most of them sought refuge in bushes, schools and temporary shelters made of straw and sticks when a dam at Goronyo on the River Rima burst earlier this month after heavy rainfall.
The local authorities have been distributing food while MSF has been providing clean water, soap, blankets and mosquito nets and referring cases …
Despite recent studies on improved seed varieties estimating the adoption rates of maize in 1998 at 40 percent (Manyong et al. 2000) and rice at 60 percent (Larsson 2005), true adoption rates appear to be unknown.
KADUNA, 30 September 2010 (IRIN) - Some 27 million people in Nigeria need treatment for river blindness, also known as onchocerciasis, according to NGO Sight Savers. The disease is spread through the bite of a black simulium fly, which breeds in fast-flowing water [ http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportID=89167 ].
Nigeria is a country of overlapping regional, religious, and ethnic divisions. Rifts between the North and the South of the country, ethnic groups, and Islam and Christianity often coincide and have sometimes resulted in sectarian violence.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by weeks of flooding in three northern Nigerian States, said to MISNA Seyi Soremekun, spokesman for Nigeria's Red Cross. The worst-hit is the Sokoto state, along the border with Benin, where torrential rains and floods left 20 dead and affected some 332,000 on different levels. Just in the state's Goronyo district the flooding displaced 50,000.
By Aminu Abubakar (AFP)
SABONGARIN DOLE, Nigeria - Thousands of people from more than 30 flooded villages in northwestern Nigeria faced shortages of food and shelter on Wednesday, with fears building of disease outbreaks.
Officials in Sokoto state said more than 130,000 people had been displaced by flooding three weeks ago when a spillway from the Goronyo dam burst from heavy rains, sweeping through the villages.
Dozens of displaced camps …
Food security among the poor begins recovery in the extreme North
- Prospects for the 2010 growing season are generally favorable and the country will likely experience another normal to abovenormal cereal and tuber harvest in October and November.
- In localized areas of the Northeast and the Northwest, abnormally low rainfall and a potential cessation of rains two dekads before the normal conclusion of the season may reduce millet and sorghum harvests, limiting 2010/11 …
By Susan Njanji (AFP)
HADEJIA, Nigeria - They sleep where they can, the men seeking dry spots on roadsides, women and children piling into houses still standing as huge numbers of displaced return to flood-hit villages in Nigeria's north.
In the daytime, they dig through mud that used to be their homes to find anything salvageable.
Sep 28, 2010, 18:30
President Jonathan has approved the release of N1 billion and N750 million as Federal Government grants to Sokoto and Kebbi State Governments, respectively, as part of Government's assistance to alleviate the sufferings of victims of the flood disaster that ravaged the two states.
The grants are to be expended on reconstruction of damaged , culverts and bridges; scour inspection and survey of piers and abutments of the severely eroded bridge across the Sokoto River; and urgent after-flood protection study of the affected areas.
The flood disaster was …
LAGOS, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Gunman have hijacked a school bus in Nigeria's Abia state, on the fringes of the oil-producing Niger Delta, and kidnapped 15 youngsters, police said on Tuesday.
The incident occurred early on Monday while the nursery and primary students were being driven to the Abayi International School in the southern state's commercial capital, Abia state police spokesman Geoffrey Ogbonna told Reuters.
"The 15 students were being conveyed to school by …
DUTSE, Nigeria - The agency in charge of two dams in northern Nigeria denied on Sunday that the opening of gates at the barriers had caused major flooding that officials say has displaced some two million people.
The governor of Jigawa state has blamed opened flood gates for the disaster that has destroyed huge swathes of farmland and left residents taking shelter in schools.
State officials say the dams were opened last month, swamping areas along the Hadejia River and adding …
LAGOS - About two million people, or about half the population of Nigeria's Jigawa state, have been displaced after authorities had to open flood gates on two rivers, a government official said on Friday.
"We have about two million people affected," Umar Kyari spokesman of Jigawa state told AFP.
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GENEVA - More than 200 children are thought to have died in Nigeria following massive lead contamination that has affected an estimated 18,000 people because of illicit gold mining, the UN said Tuesday.
Five experts equipped with a mobile laboratory have arrived in the country to help health authorities pin down the extent of the contamination and tackle it, the UN's Organisation for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.
"From the latest figures we have, more …
NEW YORK, 21 September 2010 - A brainstorming session to examine ways to make the case for education by showing its powerful impact on all Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be held on 22 September, as world leaders gather in New York to review progress on the MDGs.
A special focus on education is critical, according to the organizers of the session, Save the Children, Qatar, UNESCO and UNICEF.
(Geneva/New York: 21 September 2010): The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is stepping up efforts to assist Nigerian authorities in combating an outbreak of acute lead poisoning, which has reportedly affected hundreds of children to date in northern Nigeria.
"This emergency affects young children and pregnant women the most," said Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
African governments have been urged to encourage the emergence of more seed companies that will multiply, market, and disseminate improved maize varieties to farmers to boost food production.
So far, in the West African region, only Nigeria has a relatively vibrant seed industry with about 12 emerging private sector-driven seed companies.
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KANO, 14 September 2010 (IRIN) - Poor diagnostics and weak surveillance are hampering government efforts to stem cholera in Nigeria says a government health worker.
The disease is most severe in the north; as of 8 September 781 people have died and 13,000 cases were reported. Onyebuchi Chukwu, Nigeria's health minister, said Katsina State in northern Nigeria had the highest number of cases - 3,310 infections and 175 deaths.
Isa Sadiq Abubakar, a consultant epidemiologist at …