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Heavy rainfall destroys IDPs camp in Borno, 20 injured

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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A heavy downpour at the weekend destroyed Bakassi camp housing a large number of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Borno state.

The downpour, which destroyed houses, toilets and foodstuffs, rendered the IDPs stranded in the open, as it shattered the entire camp.

One of the victims told BBC Hausa Service on Monday that 20 people have sustained injuries following the incidence in the camp said to be accommodating five local government areas of the state.

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“I can’t determine the number of the people in the camp because they are large. We don’t have toilets, we have lost our makeshift mosque where we listen to (Ramadan) Tafsir. We have lost everything,” he said.

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Asked on the number of victims, he said 20 people have sustained various degrees of injuries, with an unconfirmed one person reported dead.

“There is no assistance yet either from the Borno state government or either of the local government councils. People who have relative nearby have relocated to them. You can see 20 – 30 people stuck in one room,” he said.

But when contacted, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in the state, said the state government has already earmarked funds to purchase the necessary construction material for the rebuilding of the camp.

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