Flooding: Over 1.5m children risk diseases, malnutrition in Nigeria  –UNICEF

*The United Nations Children’s Fund discloses over 2.5 million Nigerians are in need of humanitarian assistance, 60 percent of which are children

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Following the recent flood disasters in several states in the country, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said over 1.5 million Nigerian children are at risk of waterborne diseases, drowning and malnutrition.

ConsumerConnect had reported the floods had hit over 20 of the 36 states of Nigeria.

UNICEF, in a statement issued Friday, October 21 disclosed that over 2.5 million Nigerians are in need of humanitarian assistance – 60 percent of which are children.

Cristian Munduate, Representative in Nigeria,  also stated: “The floods, which have affected 34 out of the 36 states in the country, have displaced 1.3 million people.

“Over 600 people have lost their lives and over 200,000 houses have either been partially or fully damaged.”

UNCEF further noted in the statement, that “cases of diarrhoea and water-borne diseases, respiratory infection, and skin diseases have already been on the rise.

“In the north-eastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe alone, a total of 7,485 cases of cholera and 319 associated deaths were reported as of 12 October.”

The body said: “As rains are expected to continue for several weeks, humanitarian needs are also expected to rise. “Children and adolescents in flood-affected areas are in an extremely vulnerable situation.”

Munduate said: “They are particularly at risk of waterborne diseases and emotional and psychological distress. UNICEF is working closely with the Government and other partners to provide life-saving assistance to those who are most in need.”

It is further noted that the current floods are adding another layer of complexity to an already precarious humanitarian situation in the country.

According to UNICEF’s Children’s Climate Risk Index (CCRI), Nigeria is considered at ‘extremely high risk’ of the impacts of climate change, ranking second out of 163 countries.

UNICEF said: “Children in ‘extremely high risk’ countries face a deadly combination of exposure to multiple climate and environmental shocks, combined with high levels of underlying child vulnerability, due to inadequate essential services, such as water and sanitation, healthcare and education.”

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