Red Cross Calls For Help Over Food Shortage
Following recent Boko Haram attacks that have claimed the lives of many, and caused the immigration of about 30,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) into Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, four IDP camps have become overcrowded.
This has also caused scarcity of food in the camps.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the immigrants will increase in the coming weeks as more displaced persons troop into the camps.
Gubio Camp is said to have housed 23,687 IDPs, admitted another 4,291 arrivals. The Teacher Village Camp with 28,644 IDPs is increasing on daily basis. Stadium Camp is getting overcrowded, while the Madinatu Camp recently got about 1,922 new arrivals.
To rescue this situation, the Red Cross is intending to flag up some humanitarian support activities in the coming days.
The aid will include giving basic provision items and cash support of N20,000 to each family head, drawn from about 13,000 households.
Also, more than 3000 households will receive food items that will cover them for 90 days, until further humanitarian and donor agencies take over the job of providing them aids.
The Red Cross is equally planning to provide emergency shelters to about 10000 households in one of the camps, just as it will build over 200 latrines at the Stadium IDP camp.
Meanwhile, according to information gathered by Naija News, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in collaboration with the Borno State government has already built a gigantic water plant to supply water to about 200,000 people in Maiduguri.
The plant, which is called Alhamduri water project, will supply water to IDPs at the Stadium camp after it has been connected with pipes.
PR Nigeria gathered that ICRC spent more than 3.5 million US dollar to construct the water plant, which is one of the biggest in the world.