As the rainy season is reaching its peak in Nigeria, different parts of the country have witnessed torrential rain falls in the last one month resulting in widespread flooding. On 13 July 2018, seven states of Katsina in the North West, Niger and Abuja FCT in the North Central, Yobe and Bauchi in the North East, Ogun and Ondo States in the South West have reported devastating floods affecting communities in their states. In some communities across the state there is serious disruption as the flooding water washed away properties, livestock, farm lands, access roads, water ways and flooded almost all houses and water is still seen to be stagnant.
Water distribution networks have been affected in urban centers and water points are completely flooded especially in rural communities in the states. Outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as cholera and an increase in cases of malaria are feared. Most of the affected populations have lost everything including food and non-food stocks. Focus areas in Nigeria will be in North- West Nigeria focusing on the 6 states of Katsina, Bauchi, Ondo, Ogun, Niger and Abuja.
Health priority actions;
Provision of minimum means of subsistence to allow the affected families access to food and non-food items. As the affected population resides in both rural and urban areas, a socio-economic and market assessment will determine the minimum package to be supported for each selected household, so that cash is used to respond in this sector.
Volunteers capacity will be strengthened through refresher trainings for cash distribution (to support families);
Prevention of waterborne diseases and orientation training for community engagement.
A continuous assessment of the needs of affected households will be conducted to adjust actions undertaken through this operation.
a total of 778 households (5,449 individuals) will benefit from the operation as direct beneficiaries. Hence the focus is on the displaced individuals.
However indirect beneficiaries will also be reached through awareness raising and education which will be provided by the volunteers in the communities.