The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by reports that 200 people have died, 1,300 have been injured and nearly 2 million are affected by recent flooding in areas along the Niger and Benue rivers in Nigeria.
More than half a million people have been internally displaced and over 350,000 are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.
The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
The United Nations expresses its solidarity with Nigeria during this difficult time and stands ready to support as required.