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Severe weather damages camps hosting 140 000 IDPs in Burkina Faso and Nigeria

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Heavy rains since early June 2020 have triggered widespread floods in West Africa, causing damage particularly to camps accommodating more than 140 000 Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

In Burkina Faso, heavy rainfall from June 5 caused flooding in several communes in the Center Nord region. Among the affected areas were Kongoussi, Pensa, and Barsalogho.

Floodwaters in the Center Nord region damaged camps hosting 140 000 IDPs.

Kongoussi is about 100 km (62 miles) north of the capital Ouagadougou, which saw 29 mm (1 inch) of rain on June 9. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA), flooding left 24 people injured, about 700 shelters destroyed, and 2 900 damaged.

"Urgent needs include the rehabilitation of 2 915 affected shelters; distribution of essential household items and water hygiene and sanitation kits to affected households, urgent relocation of IDPs living in flood-prone areas, and new food distributions," UN OCHA wrote.

"For displaced families in Koungoussi, this is the second flooding incident of the season."

Some of the camps were in areas known to be vulnerable to floods and had also been inundated in April this year.

In Nigeria, heavy rainfall accompanied by a windstorm impacted parts of Borno State on June 8, inflicting damage to shelters in several IDP camps, the International Organization for Migration reported.

The severe weather also affected around 1 200 people and damaged 240 shelters in IDP camps in Jeere, Damboa, Konduga, and Maiduguri– the areas that bore the brunt of the rains.

Featured image credit: Engr. Alibe Mustapha Ali

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