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Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping Activated for Floods in Nigeria

EMS Information Bulletin

On 17 September, heavy torrential rains caused Niger and Benue rivers to overflow triggering major floods in central and southern Nigeria. According to media, the death toll surpasses 100, while thousands of people have been displaced. The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) declared a state of emergency across 15 states. The ERCC reports that over the next 48 hours more heavy rains in south-eastern regions and the Niger Delta may put more areas at risk and in need of evacuation (ECHO Daily Flash 21 September).


The Copernicus EMS was activated on 18 September to produce delineation maps showing the extent of flooding over 5 Areas of Interest (AoIs). The delineation maps show a total of 67,391.9 ha (674 km²) flooded area in the AoIs.


The maps and vector data are available for viewing and download on the EMS website: Activation EMSR314.


For updates on this and other activations, follow Copernicus EMS on Twitter.


The 5 AoIs identified for delineation map production


Delineation map over Lokoja area shows 15,466.6 ha (154 km²) of the area flooded. (Copernicus EMS © 2018 EU, [EMSR314] Lokoja: Delineation Map)


The delineation map over Enugu Otu area shows 25,740.1 ha (257 km²) of the area flooded. (Copernicus EMS © 2018 EU, [EMSR314] Enugu Otu: Delineation Map)




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