Storm destroys 1,000 displaced persons homes in Borno

Storm destroys 1,000 displaced persons homes in Borno

- Torrential rains and wind destroyed 1,000 makeshift homes in Borno state over the weekend

- The situation further compounded the bad conditions thousands of locals displaced by Boko Haram were already exposed to

- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the number one priority is to build safe places in camps where people can gather in case of violent storms

No fewer than 1,000 makeshift homes in Borno state were destroyed by torrential rains and wind over the weekend, Vanguard reports.

The situation further compounded the bad conditions thousands of locals displaced by Boko Haram were already exposed to, the United Nations said.

At least 4,300 people have been affected by the violent storms, said the IOM after assessing conditions in 44 camps for displaced people in the state.

“Rains are just beginning and they will last for 3 or 4 months,” Henry Kwenin, an emergency coordinator for the IOM said.

“The number one priority is to reinforce the shelters, to build adequate drainage systems, and safe places in camps where people can gather in case of violent storms,” he added.

The storms came with powerful winds damaging precarious structures in Jere, Kaga, Konduga and Maiduguri, killing one person.

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A resident in one of the areas said: “It began with a sandstorm which lasted for an hour and was followed by a heavy downpour which continued for the next two hours.

“Our neighbourhood has little trees to break the wind and this makes our houses vulnerable to windstorms.”

“There are damages but I don’t have any information concerning human casualties,” said Abdulkadir Ibrahim, spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency.

Meanwhile, the new United Nations fund set up this year to tackle the looming famine in the North east has reached $24 million (N7.5 billion).

The contributions were made for a stronger and timelier response to the needs of those affected by the ongoing crisis in the region.

Development partners had raised an alarm that the victims face a high risk of food insecurity and disease outbreaks.

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