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Three million IDPs face food shortage in the Northeast

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) has said an estimated three million displaced persons face critical food and nutrition insecurity in the Northeast.

OCHA, in its humanitarian situation report for June, said no fewer than 1.7 million persons have been displaced in the last nine years.

According to the fact sheet, the number of people estimated to be facing critical food and nutrition insecurity is projected at three million, following recent assessments.

It said humanitarian actors and partners were carrying out a re-targeting exercise in Borno and Yobe States to ensure that the most vulnerable people receive food assistance.

The report said: “Large-scale displacements continue to happen weekly. In the last seven months since hostilities intensified in the Northeast, more than 130,000 people have been displaced.

“In May alone, 21,207 people arrived in various locations, with Bama, Ngala, Gwoza, Dikwa and Biu councils recording the highest number of new arrivals.

“These movements present major humanitarian challenges as resources are already overstretched in the locations where these civilians arrived.

“Given that military operations have been announced to continue throughout the 2018 rainy season, displacement trend is likely to continue until August.”

To cope with the situation, the UN agency said it had adopted a contingency response plan for the expected high level displacement due to military operations. It explained that the plan will provide life-saving assistance to about 115,000 IDPs expected to move from hard-to-reach areas to key towns in Mobbar, Kukawa, Monguno, Ngala, Kala Balge, Dikwa, Bama, and Gwoza councils of Borno State.

“About $ 41.7 million is urgently needed to ensure sufficient preparedness and response to facilitate life-saving assistance for the new arrivals.

“These include shelter and non-food items; health care, food, water and sanitation, protection and nutrition,” the report added.

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