This Summer we have heard about floods, floods and more floods.
About how they have destroyed livelihoods and businesses as well as causing irreperable damage to our crops and a rise in food prices.
In our developed country the damage caused by floods is reparable and pay outs by insurance companies generally ensure that people survive and move on.
In the developing world, such disasters cause significantly more problems and have grave human consequences, including the imminent threat of disease and starvation.
Recently, Cameroon released excess water from the Lagdo dam, which then raced down the Niger River, along its tributaries and flooded many different communities along its banks. 10,000 homes remain underwater and 11,000 people have been placed in camps. Moreover, the flooding means that crocodiles lurk and lie in wait in what used to be the streets of villages.
People’s homes, their stores of food and their wordly possessions have been washed away. When you are struggling to survive with what you have in the good times, events like these are life threatening.
17 billion naira has been issued by the government to aid the affected states, but the Nigerian people have yet to see any of that money being used. And with more valves set to be opened at the Lagdo dam, the crisis will continue for months to come.
Human life, it seems, just isn’t that valuable.
Just doin’ ma duty,
Old Bushel Britches x