The security situation continues to deteriorate, leading to new forced displacement. Further scale up is urgently needed as 71,435 displaced people need urgent Shelter and NFI assistance. Among them, 9,285 individuals are sleeping in the open, without shelter, living in extremely damaged shelters or sharing shelters with other households. Shelter construction continues to be extremely limited due to unavailability of land or lack of land allocation for camp expansion or construction. The rainy season is making it even more difficult for Shelter and NFI Sector partners to transport materials to more remote locations where urgent needs have been identified. Sector partners conducted assessments in Magumeri (Magumeri LGA), Gongulong (Jere LGA) and Bolori (MMC). Most prominent needs highlighted by the assessment are shelters, NFIs, food, Water Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) facilities, and health. Urgent access to basic services is needed to improve living conditions and physical protection of these vulnerable displaced populations.
In August, the sector and government authorities continued working together towards a coordinated approach and ensure that vulnerable displaced populations in need of Shelter and NFI benefitted from the responses aimed at improving the physical protection and dignity of vulnerable Households in need. A total of 47,859 individuals who were recently displaced benefitted from Shelter and NFI assistance. Among them, 23,564 individuals received NFI kits which contain kitchen sets and other household items. Another 16,718 individuals received emergency shelter kits and emergency shelters were constructed for 2,287 people across the BAY states.
Shelter partners also stockpiled 974 shelter materials to reconstruct shelters damaged by heavy rainfalls and winds across MMC and Jere LGA of Borno State. The sector continued to advocate for new lands to be allocated for the extension of existing IDP camps. In addition, the sector was encouraged to implement market assessments as a complementary tool to inform programs in a more consistent way and result in improved programming.
The Sector continues to preposition shelter materials and NFIs in case of any emergency. However, the volatile and unpredictable security situation hampers access to displaced persons and affected communities in more remote locations and it remains difficult for humanitarian organisations to reach the most vulnerable and affected people. The provision of shelters continues to be significantly delayed compared to the distribution of NFIs due to limited availability of land to build new shelters. The Sector will continue to advocate for further land allocation to urgently decongest overcrowded camps.