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98 killed in Nigeria floods

08-31-2011 10:32 BJT

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At least 98 people have been killed as floods sweep through the Nigerian city of Ibadan. Meanwhile, an ocean surge has left over 1,000 homeless in the country's commercial capital, Lagos.

Nigeria suffers from seasonal flash floods, which sometimes prove lethal in its overcrowded slums.

The Red Cross said more bodies were recovered from the affected areas in the city of Ibadan where around 2,000 people have been displaced by the floods.

In Nigeria's commercial capital, strong tides from the Atlantic Ocean have destroyed property and shops along the beach.

Moshood Alayaki, Alpha Beach Trader said, "All of our properties are damaged. We have a shop there where we were selling drinks, we had a lot of customers. Look at our road, everything is ruined. Since I was born, I do not have any idea that the water could cause damage like this."

At least 98 people have been killed as floods sweep through the
Nigerian city of Ibadan.

Experts blamed the high waves and tides raised by Hurricane Irene for the ocean surge affecting Nigeria's main city.

Prince Adesegyn Oniru, Commissioner for Water Front said, "What is happening now and why is this happening. It's happening because right now around the world, particularly in the Caribbean, we have cyclones going on, the Hurricane Irene and what we are getting here in this part of the world is ripple affect of what is going on."

The Lagos state government is taking action by putting beach guards and watch towers on duty to monitor the situation. They'll be required to report back on an hourly basis.

Editor:Li Wanran |Source: CNTV.CN

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