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Fire Incident Causes Significant Water Shortage In Monguno- UN Report

Fire outbreaks have become a recurring disaster in displacement camps in northeastern Nigeria.

A recent fire outbreak at a displacement camp in Monguno Local Government in northeastern Nigeria has caused significant water shortages according to a UN humanitarian organisation report. 

According to the report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the fire incident in early April at Fulatari camp destroyed a large water rig and resulted in significant water shortages for over 1,000 displaced persons.  

“The fire also destroyed critical assets, including equipment needed to drill additional boreholes and increase water supply to IDPs,” the report said. 

It added that another fire damaged solar panels used to power water systems in a nearby veterinary camp resulting in significant water shortages. 


“Water trucking capacity in the LGA (Monguno) is limited and insufficient to meet water needs across displacement camps, where new displaced persons continue to arrive almost daily.”

Over 20 fires were reported to have broken out across camps in Monguno since January. 

Fire outbreaks are a recurring problem in displaced person camps that lead to the destruction of shelters and services. 

In February, a fire outbreak affected parts of the Muna Albadawi camp in Maiduguri, rendering over 3,000  displaced people homeless.

In mid-March, a major fire incident broke out in the Government Girls Secondary School camp in Mafa Local Government area affecting 448 displaced families.

In late March, a fire outbreak at Muna El Badawy Camp in Jere Local Government of the state was reported to have damaged and destroyed shelters and belongings of numerous households. 

HumAngle in February reported that at least about 12 different incidents of fire outbreaks have been recorded at IDP camps and some resettled communities since the commencement of the dry season in October last year.


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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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