Flood in North-Eastern Nigeria: Fact sheet

Mazino Dickson


There is no doubt that the 2019 torrential rains are wrecking havoc in several parts of the country.

For the North-East region just recovering from years of insurgency, this is a huge challenge.

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are also not spared.

Here is a full report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for North-East Nigeria between August 7 – 24, 2019:

  • An estimated 8,875 households (HH) have been affected by torrential rains and flash floods across Borno and Yobe states.


  • Heavy rains have also hit Adamawa State and the number of affected households is being assessed.


  • An estimated 7,347 emergency shelters and makeshift shelters have been partially damaged or destroyed, while some others were inundated in some IDP camps and host communities in Borno and Yobe States.


  • In total, 405 WASH facilities have been damaged or destroyed in Borno State.


  • Most of the affected households in Yobe state are hosted by relatives and friends in the
    affected areas, but 305 are sheltered in schools or government buildings and need to be
    relocated as quickly as possible.


  • The majority of people affected require emergency shelter and household supplies;
    water, sanitation and hygiene services; food, health, vector control and draining of stagnant water.


  • The risk of further heavy rainfall and floods remains high in 64 LGAs across the BAY states until the end of September.


  • Needs assessments, emergency actions and preventive measures are ongoing across the
    BAY states, with aid actors pumping water out in flooded camps and distributing sand bags to households at risk.

  • Further emergency response and contingency measures are urgently needed in the 64 at risk LGAs.

So far, Nigerian emergency agencies and humanitarian partners are currently responding to the urgent needs caused by the harsh weather conditions.

On their part, state governments have commenced the movement of residents from flood-prone areas to higher plains while continuous enlightenment about the dangers of building illegal structures along waterways continue.