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Nigeria deploying biometric tech to support flood victims


In an effort to properly identity and assist internally displaced persons (IDP) affected by recent flooding in the country, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of Nigeria has arranged to deploy an automated biometric identification system to IDP camps and has begun specialized training for the staff opererating the new identification system.

The Director of Search and Rescue Air Commodore Akugbe Iyamu explained that the system aimed at ensuring accountability, probity and transparency in the management of the flood intervention.

Agencies tracking displaced individuals are increasingly using biometric registration to better target aid, particularly in areas of conflict, where personal identification systems tend to be weak.

In October the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a solicitation for an individual identity verification and authentication support service in an effort to better verify the identity of disaster survivors than relying on residency information.

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