UNICEF Nigeria Flash Update No. 2 (Flood): September-December 2022 – Nigeria

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

Heavy rainfall and overflowing rivers in the past months have affected 4.4 million people across Nigeria, including 2.6 million children, as the country experienced the worst floods in a decade. The water damaged not only people’s homes and farmlands, but also put public health facilities, water systems, and sanitation facilities out of service, increasing the risk of waterborne diseases, such as cholera, diarrhea, and malaria.

Some 2.4 million people were displaced and took temporary refuge in makeshift internally displaced people (IDP) sites, such as schools and health facilities, whch impinged on the continuity of basic services. As the water is receding, IDP sites are being closed. The families who can are returning home, and those whose houses are too damaged are accommodated in the community. While the schools and health facilities that were hosting IDPs are able to resume their function, the facilities damaged by the floods need support to reinstate their services. At this critical moment, it is necessary to ensure that children in the community are reached with an integrated response to minimize the impact of floods on their lives.

UNICEF, in coordination with the Government, NGOs and other UN agencies, focuses on addressing immediate needs and implementing early recovery interventions in the affected communities from October 2022 to June 2023.

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