According to Save the Children, the 2022 floods in Nigeria killed over 300 people across multiple states as of September.
According to a leading humanitarian organization based in the United Kingdom, at least 75 people died in neighboring Niger Republic.
According to the organization, floods in both countries have affected more than 150,000 people, roughly half of whom are children.
Flooding in southern Niger and northern Nigeria has destroyed livelihoods, homes, crops, and livestock.
Several communities along the Niger-Nigeria border have been destroyed by flooding, which has washed away or destroyed approximately 14,500 homes.
Maradi, Zinder, Tillaberi, and Tahoua are affected in Niger; Adamawa, Borno, Jigawa, Kogi, Borno, and Yobe states are affected in Nigeria.
According to the report, 1.6 million people in Yobe – nearly 40% of the population – are unsure where their next meal will come from.
“This year, an estimated 6.3 million children under the age of five are expected to suffer from malnutrition across the Sahel.”
“With flooding destroying crops and other food sources, hunger in Niger and Nigeria is likely to worsen,” it warned.
Save the Children’s Country Director in Nigeria, Famari Barro, has appealed for help for those affected, particularly children.
Barro urged stakeholders to ensure that children can return to school as soon as possible and that families can return home safely.
“Without immediate assistance, the situation could worsen…
Significant displacement may still occur if negative coping mechanisms like child begging or sex for money are used.
Only 37% of Nigeria’s 2022 humanitarian response plan has been funded as of this writing. The director warned, “The worst is probably not over; we must act and develop preventative measures.”
The Nigerian government announced in late August that the floods had killed 115 Nigerians, injured 300, and displaced nearly 75,000 people.