During August 2012, heavy rains in Nigeria caused flooding that forced hundreds of thousands of people from their villages. Homes were destroyed as were schools, health care centres and valuable farmland.
The Red Cross responded immediately providing life-saving items to thousands of people. As flood waters subsided, the Red Cross began working with the local communities to clean up and rebuild.
Nearly a year on, houses are being rebuilt using techniques that will make them more resilient to flooding in the future. It is hoped that the techniques used and lessons learnt can be replicated in other states in Nigeria.
The local Red Cross staff and volunteers have adapted local practices, for example, damp-proofing traditional mud brick walls, to help mitigate the impact of floods on the communities.
The rainy season has now started again in Nigeria and many people are still at risk as they have not fully recovered from the last year’s severe flooding. The Red Cross will continue to work to help ensure communities are as prepared as they can be for the challenges ahead.