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Double Displacements As Flash Floods Ravage Displaced Communities In Northeast Nigeria

Nearly 1,000 households were affected by flash floods, many of them internally displaced persons, living in camps in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

Heavy rainfall resulted in various degrees of damage to shelters and critical facilities across camps and host communities in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) and Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno State during the week, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has said.

Amongst the most affected are IDP camps; Bakassi, Teachers’ Village, Stadium, Gubio, Pampas and Medinatu, hosting hundreds of thousands of the displaced.

The UN agency said it had reached out to more than 64,000 people with food assistance in Gwoza Local Government Area while 34 trucks of food and non-food item supplies arrived in Damasak town.

However, it expressed worries that the heightened presence of non-state armed groups (NSAGs) is hampering the assessment of other affected areas and raising safety concerns to reach over 150,000 civilians who need urgent help.

According to UNOCHA, the “escalating insecurity in the operational context remained a major challenge during the week, threatening to shrink the humanitarian space further and impede access to programme sites.” 

According to a report, nearly 1000 households were affected by the flood across camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other settlements. 

A report in Sept. 2020 warned that varying degrees of damages were expected to infrastructures (self-made and constructed) in camps and camp-like settings with the onset of the rainy season in Nigeria’s conflict-affected northeastern State of Borno.


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