Northeast Nigeria: Flash Update # 1 Geidam LGA, Yobe State As of May 1, 2021 – Nigeria


• Up to 150,000 civilians have fled the city of Geidam, Yobe state, after multiple attacks targeting communities since April 23, 2021, forcing almost the entire population of the city to go to safety.

• Many internally displaced persons are traveling on routes that lead to neighboring cities in the north of Yobe in Yunusari, Yusufari, Muzugun, Gashua, Nguru and its state capital Damaturu. The state government is ensuring that internally displaced persons are supported at transit locations and host communities, while efforts continue to limit the security of the city of Geidam.

• SEMA has mobilized local authorities and community leaders in their respective LGAs to support the response.

• The governor of Yobe state convened an emergency security meeting on April 27, attended by members of government, critical interest groups, including traditional rulers, highlighting the increasing presence of NSAGs in the state.

• In Gashua, Bade LGA, an inter-agency emergency coordination center (ECC) has been set up to facilitate and monitor response measures.

• Host community households, religious groups, and volunteers provide primary support to the displaced, including shelter, cooked meals, water, sleeping mats, and other basic needs.

• A rapid assessment team from OCHA, assisted by the government and partners, arrived in Gashua on April 28th to obtain first-hand information on the sector’s priorities.

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