See also:
» 23.09.2009 - UN steps up work in W/Africa and flashes urgent appeal for Ethiopia
» 16.09.2009 - WHO warns of possible after floods health disaster in W/Africa
» 08.09.2009 - More people affected by West African floods
» 04.09.2009 - UN disaster team in Burkina Faso
» 15.07.2009 - Benin flood victims visited by ECOWAS
» 17.09.2008 - H5N1 strain confirmed in Togo
» 04.09.2008 - Relief efforts increased in west Africa
» 04.09.2008 - 13 immigrants die aboard fishing boat off Canary Islands

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

West Africa | Central Africa
Society | Agriculture - Nutrition | Health

Floods hit 1.5 million in West, Central Africa

Red Cross volunteers assessing flood affected households in Chad

© Red Cross of Chad/afrol News
afrol News, 12 October
- Nearly 1.5 million people have been affected by floods and 377 killed in Western and Central Africa, with Chad, northern Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria facing a serious cholera epidemic, relief officials reported today.

Benin has been hardest hit, with 360,000 people affected and 42 deaths, followed by Nigeria with 300,000 victims and 118 deaths, the spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Elisabeth Byrs, told a news briefing in Geneva.

The Beninese government declared the entire country a disaster area and has appealed for international aid, and a UN disaster assessment team has announced it may leave for the West African country tomorrow.

Among other countries affected by the floods are Niger with some 227,000 victims, Chad with nearly 145,000, and Burkina Faso with over 105,000. Burkina Faso has launched a US$ 14 million emergency plan, appealing for international funds. So far, governement has received US$ 2 million.

Meanwhile, relief organisations fear that parts of the flooded areas may soon face a serious cholera epidemic. Especially areas in Chad, northern Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria have reported early outbreaks.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reports it has already scaled up its activities in Chad, which is facing one of its worst cholera epidemics in 10 years, with nearly 2,600 cases and 112 deaths reported as of the start of the month.

Cholera kits had been donated to hospitals and non-governmental organisations, and technical assistance provided to the health ministry, UNICEF reports from Chad.

The UN is planning to coordinate flood and cholera relief in the entire region, and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos is due to begin a four-day visit to Nigeria and Niger tomorrow.

Ms Amos is to "meet with relief organisations and local authorities as they battle the heavy flooding caused by torrential rains and exceptionally high water levels of the Niger and other rivers," theUN reports.

- Create an e-mail alert for West Africa news
- Create an e-mail alert for Central Africa news
- Create an e-mail alert for Society news
- Create an e-mail alert for Agriculture - Nutrition news
- Create an e-mail alert for Health news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at