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Nigeria: Windstorm Destroys Over 3000 Tents In Maiduguri IDP Camps

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Heavy rain and windstorm have destroyed over 3,000 make-shift tents leading to serious flooding in three different internally displaced persons camps in Maiduguri city.

The heavy wind storm and rainfall also rendered many households homeless at Stadium, Muhammadu Buhari and Kawar Maila IDP Camps in Maiduguri.

Manager of the Mohammed Goni Stadium IDP Camp, Hauwa Njogole while briefing the Chairperson of the State Emergency Management Agency SEMA, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, during her assessment visit to the camp on Tuesday, said that no fewer than 2,293 shelters were damaged at the camp due to the rainstorm.

Njogole said the Stadium Camp was established on Feb. 27th 2019, as a result of influx of IDPs from Baga and Kukawa Local Government Areas, following attacks by insurgents.

She explained further that the camp had 3,574 households; that is accommodating 15,957 individuals.

The Camp Manager also said attacks by insurgents in Konduga, Auno, Kayamla and its environs had forced another 887 displaced persons to move into the camp.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Stadium Camp, Modu Kellu-Tujja, told the SEMA Chairperson that there was an emergency need to provide the IDPs with food and non-food items as all their belongings that had been destroyed and washed away by the flood.

Also at Kwayar Maila Camp housing, 3,330 people and no less than 60 shelters including latrines were destroyed by the flood. Speaking on the incident, the SEMA Chairperson, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, attributed the flooding at the camps to the nature of the environment.

Kolo expressed hope that the challenges will soon end as the state government was planning to close all the 23 camps by May 2021, when peace will have fully returned in the state.

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