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134 Dead, 76,887 Houses Destroyed As Flooding Hits Jigawa

Heavy flooding in Jigawa State has resulted in the death of 134 persons and destroyed 76,887 houses.

The deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Umar Namadi disclosed this when he hosted the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) official, Rahman Rihub Mahmud Fara on Saturday.

He said the state lost property worth more than N1.5 trillion to the floods.

A total of 22 roads and 11 bridges were completely washed away by the floods, he said.

The deputy governor said an entire village was also completely destroyed.

He said the flood affected 272,189 people, out of which 76,887 lost their houses.Mr Namadi said Kirikasamma and Birniwa local government areas are greatly affected.

UNICEF chief field officer in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa, Mr Fara, said they came to assess the situation and see what could be done to alleviate the suffering of the communities affected by flood in the state.

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Flooding Kills 662, Displaces 2.4m Nigerians In 2022

Flood in 2022 has led to death of 662 people and displaced 2,430,445 others in different parts of Nigeria, Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Habib Ahmed, has said.

Ahmed revealed that another 3,174 people were wounded during the flood disaster.

Ahmed made these revelations on Monday in Abuja at the opening ceremony of a one-week strategic executive seminar for staff of the agency and wider Nigerian emergency management by the Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre (BUDMC).

He said thousands of houses, hectares of farmlands and several critical national assets were also destroyed by the raging floods, noting that the agency, alongside the state governments and other partners, was working towards the long-term recovery of impacted communities across the nation.

According to the DG, the agency brought in United Kingdom and overseas experts to support governments and multi-national organisations with disaster and crisis preparedness, response and recovery for the seminar.

Ahmed predicted flooding this year but was not certain how severe it would be.

“After this training and the release of the Seasonal Climate Prediction by NiMet and the flood outlook by NIHSA and we do the risk mapping, we will write to the governors. We will identify areas and show them the areas that will be affected,” he said.

Ahmed called for synergy with state governments to effectively tackle flooding and its effect.

“I believe all the 36 states must take this course; they should replicate it to the local emergency management committee that they will set up.

“We have to prepare in time. We are planning early so that we get ready early,” he added.

The Director, Human Resource Management (NEMA), Mr Musa Zakari, said fast climatic changes led to increase in frequent natural disasters in the nation.

He said the agency might need to re-examine some fundamentally new and profoundly more efficient approaches to disaster management.

An expert from BUDMC, Mr Richard Gordon, said there must be a Nigerian way of solving Nigerian disaster issues.

He said participants would be trained on various ways to manage disasters better.

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Climate Activist, Thunberg Arrested For Protesting Against Coal Mine Expansion In German Village

Climate activist, Greta Thurnberg has been arrested alongside other activists for protesting against coal mine expansion in Lützerath, a village in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Reuters reported that Thunberg was held on Tuesday while protesting at the opencast coal mine of Garzweiler II, 9km (5.6 miles) from Lützerath.

She was reported to have sat with a group of protesters near the edge of the mine.

The village of Lützerath, sits on the edge of an open-cast lignite coal mine and yields about 25 million tonnes of lignite — the dirtiest form of coal.

The mine spreads across around 14 square miles (35 square kilometers) in North Rhine Westphalia (NRW).

Despite the mine creeping outwards and covering buildings, RWE, Germany’s biggest power company, plans to expand the mine.

The proposed expansion sparked series of protests from residents and climate activists who occupied the village and surrounded farmlands to stop the coal mine from being built.

Subsequently, Lützerath, which falls within the expansion area, began experiencing forced eviction from the police.

While marching with up to 6000 protesters, the Swedish climate activist called the coal mine expansion a “betrayal of present and future generations.”

“Germany is one of the biggest polluters in the world and needs to be held accountable,” she added.

However, the police say the arrested demonstrators will be released after their identities have been confirmed.

“Greta Thunberg was part of a group of activists who rushed towards the ledge. However, she was then stopped and carried by us with this group out of the immediate danger area to establish their identity,” a spokesperson for regional police in Aachen said.

He added that “there is no reason to hold them for days. It might take hours or they will go immediately”.

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Oil Spillage: Shell To Pay $15m To Niger Delta Communities

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has agreed to pay the sum of €15 million to communities in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region that were affected by multiple oil pipeline leaks.

The oil firm disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

The compensation is the outcome of a Dutch court case filed by Friends of the Earth, an international network of environmental organisations in 73 countries.

In 2008, four farmers sued Shell for oil spills in their villages: Goi, Oruma and Ikot Ada Udo. The four oil spills, which affected the communities, occurred between 2004 and 2007.

On January 29, 2021, a Dutch appeal court ruled that SPDC pays for damages caused by the oil spills.

Following the judgments of the court of appeal of The Hague, Shell said it has negotiated a settlement with Milieudefensie, a Dutch division of Friends of the Earth, for the benefit of the communities.

“The settlement is on a no-admission-of-liability basis, and settles all claims and ends all pending litigation related to the spills.

“Under the settlement, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), as operator of the SPDC joint venture, will pay an amount of EUR 15 million for the benefit of the communities and the individual claimants.

“An independent expert has confirmed that SPDC, as operator of the SPDC joint venture, has installed a leak detection system on the 20 lines that form the KCTL pipeline in compliance with the judgment of the court of appeal of The Hague, the Netherlands,” the statement read.

Shell further disclosed that the parties agreed that remediation has been completed and certified by relevant regulatory in accordance with Nigerian law.

“The parties agree this also follows from the judgments of the court of appeal,” it added.

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