States ravaged by flood waters in Nigeria are increasing, as five more states have been declared as 'National Disaster'.

The National Emergency Management (NEMA) made the declaration on Thursday.

According to the government agency, Adamawa, Taraba, Kebbi, Bayelsa and Rivers are the new addition to the list of states that flooding issue has become a ‘National Disaster'.

The spokesman for NEMA, Sani Datti, in a statement in Abuja said the Director General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaj, made the declaration after proper assessments. 

NEMA had sustained efforts to tackle and assist flood victims across Nigeria.

He said the declaration of the five new states now puts the numbers of flood affected states under flood emergencies at nine.

“It would be recalled that on September 17, a National Disaster was declared in Kogi, Niger, Delta and Anambra States.

“In consideration of the data and information being received, in particular the Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) and guided by relevant NEMA Policy documents, additional five  states are observed to have been impacted severely by the disaster.

“On the consultation, subsequent endorsement of all the stakeholders here present, and the delegation of Authority conferred on me by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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“I, Mustapha Yunusa Maihaj, the Director General, NEMA hereby declared National Disaster in the five (5) states of Adamawa, Bayelsa, Kebbi, Rivers and Taraba," Maihaja said.

Maihaja commended the efforts and commitments of all stakeholders, and the International Partners for their contribution so far to the success of the operation.

He explained that the addition of the five states recently declared expands the scope and the need for  response and call for more support accordingly. 

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