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Over 2,200 People Facing Shelter Shortage In Northeast Nigeria Town

Inhabitants of Ngala, Borno state, Northeast Nigeria are facing dire humanitarian need over continued exposure to ongoing crisis.

Over 2,200 people (450 households) are currently facing shelter shortages in Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

A report by the United Nations Office For Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs  (OCHA) states that an increasing influx of arrivals, mostly from unreached areas, continues to stretch resources and facilities in already congested camps and host communities. 

The UN agency indicates that partners are struggling with limited space to scale up shelter construction. 

“Most of the affected households are currently staying at the reception center, which is also overcrowded, while others have moved in with relatives,” the report said. 

Ngala in central Borno is part of the locations that continues to face threats from insurgents operating in northeastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad basin. HumAngle reported a recent attack in  Wulgo town in Ngala.

A report published by International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on January 21, 2020, said that non-state armed groups stormed a humanitarian facility in Ngala town and burnt down the facility and some vehicles used by the humanitarians to deliver aid. The attack left 2,728 people homeless. According to an IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) report, more than 300 shelters and properties belonging to the affected individuals were destroyed.

The UN agency added that food, non-food items, nutrition, and WASH are among other priority needs as the influx is expected to continue in the coming weeks.

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