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Widespread flooding in 34 of Nigeria’s 36 states has impacted 3.2 million people and resulted in over 600 fatalities – a number expected to rise amidst concerns of water-borne disease and food insecurity.
In the worst flooding the country has seen in over a decade, over 1.4 million people have been displaced and 300,000 homes destroyed. Nearly 570,000 hectares of farmland have been submerged underwater or damaged, ruining the October harvest season and causing a massive shortage of staples in the markets.
The flooding has caused loss of life, population displacement, and extensive destruction of houses, farms, and infrastructure, leaving over 1.3 million people in need of urgent assistance.
Amidst an already alarming food insecurity situation and raging cholera outbreaks across the country, people are in urgent need now more than ever of shelter, clean drinking water, and livelihood support.
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Over 300,000 houses have been destroyed. An estimated 569,251 hectares of farmland have been damaged, leaving households unable to cultivate their crops and resulting in loss of food source and income.
The flooding has occurred during a severe cholera outbreak that has killed more than 465 people and affected over 18,000 others in 31 states since January.
According to the World Health Organization, flooding and security concerns have led to population movements from places with cholera outbreaks to places not yet affected, increasing the risk of further spread of the disease.
Access remains a challenge in submerged areas, isolating communities and delaying urgent humanitarian responses as these communities can only be reached by boat. Without access to urgent clean water and adequate shelter, those who remain stranded will be at even more risk to water-borne diseases.
Your support today can help save the lives of countless vulnerable people. Donate now to help provide urgent relief in Nigeria today.
Islamic Relief is partnering with trusted NGOs on the ground in Nigeria, who are already working in local communities to establish how best to support affected families. These families urgently need food, clean water, shelter, and hygiene items.
We are also focused on helping communities recover from the disaster to ensure that vulnerable people do not continue to suffer the terrifying impact of the floods. Your support will help the most vulnerable through sustainable agriculture and dignified income opportunities.
As heavy rain is expected to continue for several weeks, we desperately need your support to respond to meet the ongoing and immediate needs of those who have been affected.
Donate now to help reach countless children, women, and families in need.