The worst floods in history
Over 600 people dead in worst flooding Nigeria has seen in a decade
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Heavy rainfall in recent years has left hundreds dead or unaccounted for in some of the worst flooding in decades, and this year might be facing its worst flooding ever.
More than 600 people have died in the worst flooding Nigeria has seen in a decade, the BBC reports. The "overwhelming" disaster has displaced some 1.3 million people and destroyed more than 200,000 homes. The flooding, which is seasonal but is now intensified due to unusually heavy rains and climate change, is expected to continue until the end of November.
Though warnings were put in place, a combination of the emergency release of excess water from dams both in Nigeria and in neighbouring Cameroon, as well as poor infrastructure and lack of means for people to relocate out of floodplains, are key factors behind the devastation of the flooding which has destroyed large swathes of farmland and put even more stress on a nation already at high risk of catastrophic levels of hunger.
Sadly, these extreme weather events really are becoming more frequent with climate change—though the phenomena is nothing new. History has recorded some truly terrifying floods, natural disasters that have killed thousands and destroyed homes and livelihoods.
Click through and be reminded of some of the worst floods on record.
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