Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organisation, has pledged to provide succour to 500 households in communities affected by flood in Yobe
Rita Abiodun, the organisation’ Communication staff, said that the organisation would provide Shelter Kits, WASH Kits, general sensitisation and Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) screening activities as identified by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
The official said that Action Against Hunger had provided succour to over 137 families affected by flooding in Warsala, Furri A and Furri B under Kukareta ward in Damaturu.
“Some of the hygiene kits provided include soaps, buckets, cooking utensils, hygiene sanitation kits, aqua tabs to purify the water to ensure that households take precautionary measures to prevent the fast spread of diseases.”
She said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) report revealed that 8,875 households were affected by flood across Borno and Yobe states.
“An estimated 7,347 makeshift and emergency shelters have been partially damaged while some others were swamped in some IDP camps and host communities in Borno and Yobe.”
Poor living conditions & inability to build additional latrines in the overcrowded camps affected by flood is resulting in risk of epidemics. We’ve screened 283 children under 5 in 3 communities to identify those malnourished & in need of urgent treatment. There's more to do! pic.twitter.com/awrzQMiwp2
— Action Against Hunger Nigeria (@ACF_Nigeria) August 30, 2019
She said the NGO had conducted mass nutrition screenings by measuring the mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) of children between 6 and 59 months of age in the affected communities to identify children who need urgent lifesaving treatment and care.
Abiodun said the NGO was concerned about contaminated water point in affected communities which has been polluted by faeces from latrines.
This according to her, poses a high risk of contaminating boreholes and other water source which can expose the community to water borne diseases.
She added that the organisation would work closely with local stakeholders to provide emergency response and contingency measures to other affected councils.