North-East Nigeria: Humanitarian Situation Update - Progress on key activities from the 2019-2021 Humanitarian Response Strategy, September 2019 edition (covering 1 - 31 August 2019)

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 01 Oct 2019

Operational Overview

7.1 million people in need of life-saving assistance in 2019

6.2 million people targeted for life-saving assistance in 2019

In August, the ongoing rainy season and subsequent heavy flooding required the immediate response of humanitarian actors across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. By the end of August, more than 21,000 families had been affected by flooding and 13,181 shelters were reported as either partially or completely damaged.

These seasonal impacts also triggered secondary displacements, and humanitarians responded by relocating families, providing urgent shelter, WASH, and health services, as well as pumping out excess water from flooded camps and providing sandbags. A total of 75 camps across 13 locations were affected by the heavy winds and floods. While the rainy season is expected to subside in the coming months, humanitarians are prioritizing mitigation measures to prevent further damages and the outbreak of water-borne disease such as cholera.

Between 17 and 22 August, the UN and its humanitarian partners commemorated World Humanitarian Day with a week of activities that paid tribute to the work of women humanitarians. In Abuja, Damaturu and Yola, humanitarian walks organized with the State and National Emergency Management Agencies highlighted the dedication and sacrifice of humanitarians, particularly the 25 UN and NGO workers that lost their lives since the start of the crisis in Nigeria.

The ongoing conflict, continues to trigger displacements, deepening humanitarian needs and protection-related issues. In August, a total of 4,021 new displacements were recorded across 31 locations in BAY states. Incidents involving explosive devices claimed the lives of 16 civilians and injured 15 others. Moreover, two women wearing person borne explosive devices (PBIEDs) detonated their vests while targeting civilians in two events injuring four men.

A shift in the military strategy initiated by the Theatre Commander in Maiduguri and regrouping troops around key areas is expected to have implications on the humanitarian response, particularly on road movements transporting humanitarian cargo and staff. Partners working in locations where static forces have been withdrawn are concerned that this new strategy will increase insecurity in these areas and impede the delivery of ongoing assistance.

Humanitarian Sectors and partners have started consultations on the Joint Inter-Sectoral Analysis Framework (JIAF) as part of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle. These consultations and resulting key findings will form the basis of the 2020 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) for the BAY states.

As of 31 August 2019, $334.2 million (39.5 per cent) of required funds had been received, according to the Financial Tracking Service (FTS). The United Nations and partners are appealing for $848 million for 183 projects to be implemented by 69 humanitarian organisations in 2019. It remains the seventh largest single-country appeal globally.

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