Nigeria — NRC 1&2, GGSS and GSSSS Camps Fire Outbreak Flash Report (18 March 2020)
A fire outbreak at the Zone “C” Area of Government Senior Science Secondary School (GSSSS) Camp Monguno, on 17th March 2020, at about 10:20 AM has left 767 individuals (212 households) without shelters and belongings. It was estimated that 51 transitional shelters and 222 makeshift shelters were completely burnt. There was extensive damage to properties belonging to IDPs including biometric IDs and food ration cards.Two individuals were also reported to have sustained first and second-degree burns and are currently being treated at ALIMA Clinic.
Most of the affected population are currently living in open spaces, with some staying with friends and families within the camp. They include (340 or 44%) children, (198 or 26%) women, (194 or 25%) men and (35 or 5%) elderly persons.
Two separate fire incidents were also recorded at about 10:30 AM on 18th March 2020, at Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) and NRC 1&2 Camps, rendering 29 individuals (8 households) without shelter. They include 13 children, 10 adult females and 6 adult males. Seven makeshift shelters were reportedly damaged, with one fatality also recorded.
The affected individuals in the three camps are in immediate need of shelters, food items and Non-Food Items (NFIs).
Following the incident at GSSSS Camp, an emergency meeting with various partners (International Organization for Migration [IOM], Grassroot Initiative for Strengthening Community Resilience [GISCOR], Norwegian Refugee Council [NRC], ACTED and INTERSOS in attendance was convened at noon on 17th March 2020. This was to assess the damages caused by the fire outbreak, ascertain the total number of affected population and mobilize for assistance.
There are plans to move the affected individuals to the Reception Centre of Waterboard IDP Camp, while IOM and NRC are planning on assisting with hygiene and shelter kits. So far, NRC has responded with the supply of cold relief kits for the 212 households (767 individuals) affected.