Lake Chad Basin: Crisis Update No. 19 (18 September 2017)

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 18 Sep 2017

Regional Highlights

  • A cholera epidemics breaks in north-east Nigeria on 16 August 2017 with, as of 13 September, 45 dead amongst 1,925 cases recorded in Borno State.

  • The hepatitis E epidemic declared in April in Niger is marking a decreasing trend, after recording 1,672 cases in the Diffa region.

  • Cameroon’s Far North is witnessing an increase in incidents and attacks as well as a geographical shift in violent incidents from Logone-and-Chari to Mayo Sava department.

  • The number of suicide bombers in north-east Nigeria in 2017 so far is four times higher than for the entire year of 2016.

  • The Tripartite Commission on the voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon holds first meeting from 10 to 12 August in Abuja, Nigeria.

  • Protection incidents and cases of gender-based violence are on the increase in Chad’s Lac region.

  • New Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock, visits Niger and Nigeria.

  • High-level side event on the Lake Chad Basin at the General Assembly in New York on 21 September.

Situation overview

  • The Lake Chad basin has witnessed an upsurge in violence in recent weeks, with almost 30 incidents recorded in August alone, the highest level since January 2016.

  • Beyond the humanitarian needs stemming from the conflict, the countries in the Lake Chad Basin are currently facing significant flood risks with Niger and Nigeria currently affected. In Nigeria’s Benue state (center east), about 250,000 people are reportedly affected in 21 Local Government Areas. In Niger, over 80,000 people are affected, especially in the capital Niamey and in Maradi (south) and Dosso (south-west) areas.

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