Food, Shelter Crises Hits Borno IDPs Camps As Boko Haram Intensifies Attack

The massive influx of about 30,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) into Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, amid latest Boko Haram attacks have brought about an increase in the population density of four IDPs camps.

The development has sparked food and shelter crises.

In the wake of the resurgence in terrorists’ activities by ISWAP members, which have claimed several lives, more displaced persons are expected at the camps in the coming day and weeks.

According to PRNigeria, Gubio camp with 23,687 IDPs, recently admitted 4,291 persons; the Teacher Village camp with 28,644 IDPs is increasing on a daily basis; the Stadium camp too is getting overcrowded, while the Madinatu camp got 1,922 new persons in the last few days.

Meanwhile, as part of helping to cushion the hardship faced by the IDPs, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is set to give basic provision items and cash support of N20,000 to each family head, drawn from about 13,000 households.

Also, more than 3,000 households will receive food items that will cover them for 90 days, until more humanitarian and donor agencies take over the job of providing them aids.

The Red Cross is equally planning to provide emergency shelters to about 10,000 households in one of the camps, just as it will build over 200 latrines at the Stadium IDPs camp.

Already, ICRC, in collaboration with the Borno State government, has built a gigantic water plant to supply water to about 200,000 people in Maiduguri.

PRNigeria gathered that ICRC spent more than $3.5 million on the water plant one of the biggest in the world.

The facility, which is called Alhamduri water project, will supply water to IDPs at the Stadium camp after it has been connected with pipes.

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