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Nigeria: Millions displaced by floods struggle with escalating food prices

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 30 October 2012
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Nigeria: Millions displaced by floods struggle with escalating food prices, 30 October 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5097b5232.html [accessed 24 October 2014]
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Since July, at least 1.4 million people have been displaced , 550,000 homes have been damaged, some 431 fatalities have been reported, and many more remain missing in devastating floods which affected 30 of the country's 36 states. Attributed to torrential rains, the floods have further caused the loss of houses, crops, livestock and property, as well as causing major damage to roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

By mid-October, there were 36 IDP camps situated throughout the most affected areas of the north-central regions. The situation in camps remains dire, with IDPs reporting a severe lack of food and clean drinking water, alongside reports of discrimination in aid delivery.

With the rainy season not yet over, neither the flood warning system nor the recent evacuation order of the Niger river plains have resulted in improved protection for people and their property. As food inflation escalates in line with the crisis, President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to release additional funds for the procurement of medicine and seedlings for victims, particularly those in Benue state.

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