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1.5 million children at risk due to flooding in Nigeria

Created: 10/21/2022 10:41 p.m

Überschwemmungen in Nigeria
People wade through flooded streets in Bayelsa, Nigeria. © Reed Joshua/AP/dpa

In Nigeria, the worst floods in ten years are threatening the people of the country. Concerns about diseases like cholera are growing. According to Unicef, more than 1.5 million children are directly affected.

New York/Abuja – In West Africa’s Nigeria, more than 1.5 million children are at risk of disease, starvation and drowning as a result of climate change-induced flooding.

In total, more than 2.5 million people needed humanitarian aid, the UN Children’s Fund announced on Friday. Unicef spoke of the worst floods in the past ten years.

The floods promote diseases such as cholera, among other things. The World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva warned in mid-October that cholera outbreaks in numerous countries could get out of control due to a lack of vaccines. She recommended temporarily giving only one dose instead of two.

flooding due to climate change

According to UNICEF’s Climate Risk Index, Nigeria ranks second out of 163 and is therefore at “extremely high risk” of being affected by the consequences of climate change. Nigeria is currently not the only country suffering from heavy rain and flooding: in Chad, Sudan and South Sudan, entire parts of the country are also under water, and parts of the population are cut off from food and drinking water. dpa

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