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A fifth team comprising of Steve Crabtree (UK) and Sam Wells (UK) have arrived today in Nigeria to continue with distributions to flood-affected families in Kogi State and River State.


The second team comprising of Ian Neal (UK) and Tom Newman (UK) have distributed 150 ShelterBox to families affected by the floods at a camp in Mbale. Team 3 has arrived to continue distributions.


The ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) on the ground in Nigeria has been working with Rotary in the flood stricken country, while awaiting the arrival of the first consignment of boxes. 

SRT members, Mike Greenslade (AU) and Derek Locke (US) flew south to Port Harcourt, in Rivers State, to meet with Rotary and local government contacts to continue assessing the need for emergency shelter. 

"Many of the flood affected areas remain underwater and unseasonal daily rainstorms have only exacerbated the situation," said Mike.

"Following a meeting with the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Tele Ikuru, we were shown around some of the temporary camps in local schools. The displaced people are being well looked after but conditions are crowded. In Mbiama there were 1,800 people sharing one school, in Akinima, another 1,000.

"His Excellency said we have arrived at a critical time because many people are keen to move back to their land as soon as the water recedes. ShelterBox can provide a solution for those whose homes are badly damaged or completely destroyed, whilst they begin to rebuild their lives."  

Meanwhile, in Idah, Kogi State, preparations for the first ShelterBox camp are well underway. 

"We've been working closely with the local government liaison officers and are really pleased with progress on the first camp," said Derek. "Pit latrines have been dug and a bore hole drilled for the provision of fresh water. We eagerly await the imminent arrival of our first boxes."  

A second SRT comprising of Ian Neal (UK) and Tom Newman (UK) has arrived safely in country and the handover process is well underway. 


A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has been assessing emergency shelter needs in Nigeria, which is currently suffering from the worst flooding in five decades that has forced thousands of families from their homes. 

As paperwork for the first consignment of ShelterBoxes has been finalized, SRT members Mike Greenslade (AU) and Derek Locke (US) have identified suitable sites in the flood-hit region to set up emergency shelter in Idah, Lokoja and the riverine village of Atakpa.

"We are based in Lokoja, where the Niger and Benue rivers meet, a scene of the recent heavy flooding," said Mike. "Yesterday we made a journey by boat across the Niger to the River Benue to Atakpa, accompanied by the State Governor's Special Advisor, General Onekpetu. 

"The water level has dropped dramatically in the recent weeks, as is evident from the flood debris trapped some 10-15 feet in the trees, allowing some families to return to their homes. However, in Atakpa we found 85 families being hosted by the village in makeshift shelters, as their homes have been completely washed away. 

"Riverine communities rely on fishing to make a living and moving too far away from the river is out of the question. We plan to provide all the families with boxes and when they are able to, they will relocate with their tents, start rebuilding their homes and get back to fishing."  


A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is delivering aid following devastating flooding which has consumed large swathes of Nigeria. Over a million people have been displaced in the African country where the worst flooding in 50 years has caused rivers to swell and forced families to flee their homes. 

The River Niger and its tributaries are amongst those now overflowing as a result of the flash flooding. The River Niger is the principal river in West Africa and the third longest in the continent. Nigeria receives heavy tropical rains each year between May and September but not usually on this scale. 

The rising flood water has led to the spread of infectious diseases. Furthermore many dangerous animals, such as crocodiles, snakes and hippos, are now making their way into family homes. 

As well as damaging family homes, the flood waters have devastated crop fields, industrial areas and fisheries, prompting concerns over the economic future of the affected districts. The SRT arrived in Nigeria on October 28 and immediately began assessing the extent of the flooding. back