Borno: UN Reports 40,000 Displaced By Floods

Borno: UN reports 40,000 displaced by floods
The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has expressed concern over the conditions of more than 40,000 displaced persons affected by flood in Rann, Kalabalge Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State.
In a statement issued on Saturday in Maiduguri, the state's capital, OCHA said that the flooding had deprived the affected persons, including women and children access to food and basic services.

OCHA attributed the flood which also damaged an estimated 4,000 hectares of farmlands, to the release of excess water from Kaalia River, neighbouring Cameroon, in the statement signed by its Head of Communication Eve Sabbagh.

The UN agency also reported that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Rann mainly depended on the farmlands and crops that were damaged by the flood for food.

The floods that also affected the roads coupled with the level of insecurity is making it difficult for humanitarian assistance to access the areas.

Stranded populations are running short of food and those who can afford it are paying high sums to be transported to the other areas, putting their lives at risks while crossing the river or running for safety.

More than 300 people from Rann have managed to reach Ngala, a town some 40 kilometers away from the area, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), they managed to leave Rann before the road became impassable.

Humanitarian partners are mobilising resources to reach the stranded population via the UN Humanitarian Air Services, until access is secured for small boats.

Providing food is the main priority, along with water, shelters and emergency health services,” OCHA said in the statement.

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