A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
More than 9,000 people are being helped by International agency Oxfam through its partners with safe water, following the earthquake. This is being provided through water tankers and repairing the damaged water systems. A contingency stock of Oxfam aid has arrived in the area and is scheduled to start being distributed tomorrow (Saturday 28th September).
Oxfam is planning to help 10,000 people with clean water, improved sanitation, mosquito nets and ensuring people are aware of the heightened health risks. It will also provide 7,500 families with cash or food to help feed them and to restore their means to make a living.
Media reports indicate that more than 350 people have been killed, approximately 700 people are injured and it is estimated that around 300,000 people have been affected. The death toll is expected to rise as the rescue teams reach more villages in the remote areas.
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