Following heavy rains that began in August, Nigeria’s two main rivers, the Niger and the Benue, burst their banks, leaving the country exposed to large-scale floods ever since. A state of national disaster has been declared in the four most-affected states of Kogi, Niger, Anambra and Delta. The Government of Nigeria announced that to date, some 200 people have died, a further 1,310 injured, and some two million people have been directly affected.
Humanitarian partners continue to step up their response efforts to provide life-saving assistance, especially basic medical care, which is critical to prevent disastrous epidemics.
The floods have also left more than 561,000 people internally displaced - and over 350,000 of them are critically in need of temporary shelter, food, safe drinking water, household items and health care. In the most affected areas, children have not been able to go to school for weeks.
Response to date
Activities conducted so far by the United Nations include: food distributions by the World Food Programme (WFP); the provision of emergency medical care as well as disease control for cholera and malaria, by the World Health Organization (WHO); and distributions of hygiene or “dignity” kits, for women and girls by the UN sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA).
A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team was deployed to Nigeria at the beginning of October to support the Government’s response to the recent floods. The team has been supporting the National Emergency Management Agencies in three Emergency Operation Centers: Minna in Kebbi and Niger States, in Lokoja in Kogi State and in Awka in Anambra State.
This is not the first time UNDAC deploys to Nigeria. Already in 2012, a team was deployed to help with floods response.