Nigeria has been ranked as ‘extremely high risk’ of the impacts of climate change with dire consequences on children.
According to UNICEF’s Children’s Climate Risk Index (CCRI), Nigeria ranks second out of 163 counties.
In a statement by the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Cristian Munduate, children in such ‘extremely high risk’ countries face a deadly combination of exposure to multiple climate and environmental shocks combined with high levels of underlying child vulnerability.
It also revealed more than 2.5 million people in Nigeria are in need of humanitarian assistance out of which 1.5m are children, representing 60 per cent of the figure.
It explained that floods, which have affected 34 out of the 36 states in the country, have displaced 1.3 million people, over 600 lost their lives and over 200,000 houses either partially or fully damaged.