West Africa – Rains and Floods Damage IDP Camps in Nigeria and Burkina Faso

Severe weather has caused widespread destruction in several Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camps in West Africa over the last few days.

In Burkina Faso, the UN reported heavy rainfall from 05 June caused flooding in several communes in Burkina Faso’s Centre Nord region, including Kongoussi, Pensa and Barsalogho.

Kongoussi is about 100km north of the capital, Ouagadougou, which recorded 29mm of rain on 09 June. Around 100 km west of Kongoussi, Ouahigouya the capital of the Yatenga Province, recorded 47 mm of rain on 08 June.

The flooding in Centre Nord region caused damage to IDP camps hosting 140,000 people. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) 24 people were injured, around 700 shelters were destroyed and 2,900 damaged.

Some of the camps are located in known flood zones and were flooded in April this year.

Meanwhile in Nigeria, a windstorm and heavy rainfall affected parts of Borno State on 08 June, causing damage to shelters in several Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camps, according to the International Organization for Migration.

The severe weather affected around 1,200 people and damaged a total of 240 shelters in IPD camps in Jeere, Damboa, Konduga and Maiduguri. The worst of the rainfall was seen in Damboa, Konduga and Maiduguri, resulting in the damage of around 60 shelters.