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NewsReport gathered that according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), more than 2.5 million Nigerians are in need of humanitarian aid. Due to the worst flooding in a decade, 60% of the population is under the age of 18, making them more susceptible to waterborne infections, drowning, and hunger.

This online information reports that UNICEF said the floods, which have affected 34 out of the 36 states in the country, have displaced 1.3 million people, while over 600 persons have lost their lives and over 200,000 houses either partially or fully damaged.

In a statement, yesterday, in Abuja, the global children’s body said cases of diarrhea, water-borne diseases, respiratory infection, and skin diseases were already on the rise.

The organization stated that in the north-eastern states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe alone, 7,485 cases of cholera and 319 associated deaths were reported as of 12 October 2022 adding that as rains are expected to continue for several weeks, humanitarian needs are also expected to rise.

UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Cristian Munduate, said that Children and adolescents in flood-affected areas are in an extremely vulnerable situation and are particularly at risk of waterborne diseases and emotional and psychological distress.

Munduate said UNICEF was working closely with the Government and other partners to provide life-saving assistance to those who are most in need.”
She noted that the floods are adding another layer of complexity to an already precarious humanitarian situation in the country. Immediate priority needs for children include health, water, sanitation, and hygiene; as well as shelter and food. Additional funding and resources are required to respond to growing needs and to sustain ongoing humanitarian interventions, with a focus on the most vulnerable, including children with disabilities.

According to UNICEF’s Children’s Climate Risk Index (CCRI), Nigeria is considered at ‘an extremely high risk of the impacts of climate change, ranking second out of 163 countries.

Children in ‘extremely high risk’ countries face a deadly combination of exposure to multiple climates and environmental shocks combined with high levels of underlying child vulnerability, due to inadequate essential services, such as water and sanitation, healthcare, and education.

To date, UNICEF has supported the government response in three affected States – Jigawa, Niger, and Kaduna, including through the provision of cash assistance, distribution of cholera kits, government-led mobile health teams, temporary learning centers, and learning kits and cholera kits. With additional support, UNICEF can scale up its response in other states to provide lifesaving medical equipment and essential medicines, chlorination of water, and sanitation supplies, as well as to support the prevention of and response to sexual and gender-based violence.

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