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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.

In Niger’s Diffa Region, persistent conflict has negatively affected households’ abilities to conduct key agricultural activities, including maize and sweet pepper production, as well as fishing near Lake Chad, the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reports. FEWS NET predicts that poor and displaced populations will continue to experience Crisis levels of acute food insecurity until January 2018. In addition, poor households in areas inaccessible to relief assistance are likely to face continued food shortages and a high risk of diarrheal diseases during the December-to-January winter season.

Seasonal flooding in all eight regions of Niger had resulted in 23 deaths, affected more than 82,000 people, and destroyed approximately 4,900 houses as of August 30, the UN reports. By contrast, flooding in Niger during the same period in 2016 resulted in 38 deaths, affected nearly 92,200 people, and destroyed more than 9,400 houses.

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

Background

Boko Haram began directly attacking populations in Niger in February 2015; the conflict has continued throughout FY 2017. Insecurity contributed to population displacement, disruptions to basic services, and deteriorating food security, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions among vulnerable populations. The UN reported that Diffa hosts more than 106,000 internally displaced persons. Insecurity in Diffa continues to disrupt markets and livelihood activities—including fishing and sale of crops and livestock—among vulnerable populations, with Crisis levels of acute food insecurity expected through at least January 2018, according to USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network. The UN estimated that 340,000 people in Boko Haram-affected areas of Niger required humanitarian assistance.

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Last updated: September 15, 2017

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