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Community members in Tillabéri Region, western Niger, gather around a local water well.
Community members in Tillabéri Region, western Niger, gather around a local water well.
Richard Jacquot/USAID

Latest Lake Chad Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is responding to the complex emergency in the Lake Chad Basin region, including NigeriaCameroonChad, and Niger.

On June 7, the United States announced nearly $3 million in additional funding for Niger. This total includes support for the International Organization for Migration and the UN Children’s Fund for emergency programs in Niger’s Diffa Region.

Sustained insecurity in Diffa continues to undermine economic activities—including cultivation of cash crops, sale of livestock, and temporary labor migration—and force people to leave their homes. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network projects that people in parts of southern Diffa will experience Crisis—Integrated Food Security Phase Classification 3—levels of acute food insecurity through at least September, with people in inaccessible areas facing the greatest risk of food insecurity.

USAID/OFDA is responding to the complex emergency in the Lake Chad Basin region. Please visit our web page for additional information.

Background

Heavy rainfall between early June and late September 2017 triggered flooding in all eight regions of Niger. As of September 19, the floods had resulted in at least 56 deaths, affected more than 194,000 people, and destroyed more than 9,000 houses, according to the Government of Niger. Populations residing in villages along the Niger River—primarily in Dosso and Niamey regions—were the most affected, with many people displaced due to rising water levels in Dosso. On October 4, U.S. Ambassador to Niger Eunice S. Reddick declared a disaster due to the effects of the floods. In response, USAID/OFDA provided $50,000 to support the distribution of emergency relief supplies, including shelter materials, to affected people in Dosso and Niamey.

Since 2015, Niger’s Diffa Region has experienced attacks by Boko Haram, disrupting basic services such as health and education, limiting agro-pastoral livelihoods, and prompting population displacement. Approximately 408,000 people require urgent food assistance and more than 100,000 people are in need of nutrition assistance in Diffa. Overall, approximately 419,000 people require humanitarian assistance in Diffa as a result of Boko Haram-related insecurity, according to the UN. On December 16, 2017, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Phillip Nelson re-declared a disaster for FY 2018 in response to the complex emergency in southeastern Niger.

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Last updated: June 08, 2018

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