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Flooding Puts 27M Children At Risk, 840,000 Displaced In Nigeria says UNICEF

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Over 27 million children are at risk due to global flooding and in Nigeria, over 840,000 children have been displaced.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the overwhelming flooding has affected no less than 27.7 million children across 27 countries globally.

The UN agency stated that the number of children who are affected by flooding in Chad, Gambia, Pakistan, and northeast Bangladesh is the highest in over 30 years.

UNICEF, in a statement on Tuesday, said that a large majority of the children affected were among the most vulnerable.

It stated that rolling disasters were straining the ability of governments and the international community to respond, given the enormous scale of need.

UNICEF says that this year, floods have contributed to the increased spread of major killer diseases of children, such as malnutrition, malaria, cholera, and diarrhoea.

It also said that the aftermath of floods is often more deadly for children than the extreme weather events that caused the flooding.

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