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Benin + 18 others
West and Central Africa: Flood preparedness Emergency appeal No. MDR61003 Operations update No. 1

Period covered by this Ops Update: 11 July-14 August 2008;

Appeal target (current): CHF 750,000 (USD 731,134 or EUR 462,475);

Appeal coverage: donor support is currently being recorded, and will be made available in the next update

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 11 July 2008 for CHF 750,000 for 2

months to assist 47,500 beneficiaries.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 483,047 was allocated from the Federation's DREF to support the national society to respond.

Summary:

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Mauritania: Military ousts president, seizes power

Report
IRIN
NOUAKCHOTT, 7 August 2008 (IRIN) - International leaders, heads of states and human rights lobbyists have condemned the military ouster of Mauritania's President Sidi Mohamed ould Cheikh Abdallahi, and Prime Minister Yahya ould Ahmed Waghf on 6 August, while analysts question how the latest political shake-up will affect a country that is reeling from rising food and living costs, as it reintegrates thousands of refugees.

The coup started just hours after a presidential decree early on Wednesday that declared the dismissal of Mauritania's top

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Benin + 14 others
Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP): Mid-Year Review of the Appeal 2008 for West Africa


1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

At a regional level, humanitarian partners have for 2008 agreed to focus on five priority areas for humanitarian interventions in West Africa:

- Food Security and Nutrition;

- Rapid Response to Health Emergencies;

- Protection and Population Movements;

- Natural Disaster Preparedness;

- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Chad + 38 others
Mid-Year Review of the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP): Humanitarian Appeal 2008


Summary of crises with major changes since beginning of 2008

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Benin + 19 others
La Fédération internationale lance un appel d'urgence pour assurer la préparation aux inondations en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre

La Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge est extrêmement inquiète d'informations faisant état d'un risque de graves inondations en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre pour la deuxième année consécutive.

Afin de diminuer l'impact des précipitations anormalement importantes qui sont annoncées pour la région par les organismes de prédiction météorologique qui travaillent en partenariat avec la Fédération internationale, des mesures immédiates ont été décidées afin d'éviter l'étendue des dégâts et la misère qui ont frappé la région l'année dernière.

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Benin + 18 others
International Federation launches emergency appeal for floods preparedness in West and Central Africa

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is very concerned about data which suggests severe flooding may occur in West and Central Africa for the second year running. In order to mitigate the impact of abnormally high rain levels which are anticipated in the region by the weather prediction organizations working in partnership with the International Federation, immediate steps have been taken to avoid the extent and type of human misery and devastation which struck the region last year.

For this reason, the International Federation

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Benin + 17 others
West and Central Africa: Flood preparedness Emergency Appeal No. MDR61003

This preliminary Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 750,000 (USD 731,134 or EUR 462,475) in cash, kind, or services to support the National Societies of West and Central Africa to assist 47,500 beneficiaries.

CHF 483,047 has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to start the planned activities. Discussions are currently taking place to reallocate approximately CHF 550,000 remaining from the 2007 West Africa floods appeal to support this appeal. While these discussions are underway, partners are encouraged to provide timely support to this appeal.

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Mauritania: Floods DREF Operation No. MDRMR002 Final Report

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

Summary: CHF 103,258 was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 21 August 2007 to support the national society in delivering assistance to some 500

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Benin + 13 others
Afrique de l'Ouest : Atelier régional de concertation sur la préparation aux risques d'inondation de la saison des pluies 2008

Dakar, 18 avril 2008 : Le Bureau Régional des Nations Unies pour la Coordination des Affaires Humanitaires (OCHA) et le Gouvernement du Sénégal (Direction de la Protection Civile du Ministère de l'Intérieur), ont organisé du 17 au 18 avril 2008 à Dakar (Hôtel Novotel), un atelier régional de concertation sur la préparation aux risques d'inondation liés à la saison des pluies 2008 en Afrique de l'ouest.

En Afrique, la violence des catastrophes naturelles est aggravée par la faiblesse des moyens alloués aux systèmes d'alerte précoce, aux moyens de secours et la fragilité des populations.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Guinea-Bissau + 9 others
West Africa: Regional Programmes Appeal No. MAA61001 Final Report 2006-2007

In brief

This report covers the period of 01/01/06 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

Programme summary:

In keeping with its mandate, the Federation

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Benin + 14 others
West Africa: Humanitarian situation report 28 Dec 2007

SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS

- Four French tourists killed in Mauritania

- An anti-tank mine exploded in southern Niger

- The Niger government warns against sabotage acts

- Hostages detained by rebels are to be released on 28 December

- Mali and Guinea make efforts to bring durable solutions to border conflict

- Agricultural production decrease in Cape Verde, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal

- Disarmament launched in Côte d'Ivoire

- Avian flu detected in Benin

- Future opening of an OHCHR office in West Africa

- Dear cost of living cause violent protests in Senegal

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Burkina Faso + 10 others
Sahel : Réunion de concertation technique sur les bilans céréalier et alimentaire ex-post 2006/2007 et prévisionnels 2007/2008

Du 29 au 31 octobre 2007, s'est tenue à Dakar au Sénégal, la réunion de concertation technique sur les bilans céréalier et alimentaire expost 2006/2007 et prévisionnels 2007/2008 des pays membres du CILSS et des pays côtiers de l'Afrique de l'ouest non membres du CILSS.

La réunion a enregistré la participation des délégués des pays membres du CILSS, ceux du Bénin, du Ghana, de la Guinée Conakry, du Togo et du Nigéria et également des représentants des organisations et institutions sous régionales, régionales et internationales

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Bangladesh + 12 others
Cáritas Española destina 1,32 millones de euros a varias emergencias olvidadas en Africa, Asia y America Latina

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Caritas
Cáritas. 17 de diciembre de 2007.- Cáritas Española acaba de aprobar el desembolso de diversas partidas económicas por valor total de 1.322.334 euros para apoyar el trabajo humanitario de ayuda a las víctimas que están llevando a cabo las Cáritas locales en diversas emergencias olvidadas de Africa, Asia y América Latina. Este compromiso de Cáritas Española se suma al que en los últimos meses se ha venido manteniendo para dar respuesta urgente a las emergencias declaradas en Perú tras el terremoto de Pisco, en la República Dominicana a
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Benin + 14 others
Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP): Appeal 2008 for West Africa


1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The West Africa region continues to experience the devastating consequences of two decades of complex emergencies and recurrent natural disasters. One of the poorest regions of the world, its problems are compounded by geographical and logistical challenges, such as large expanses of landlocked areas and extremely poor transportation networks. Poverty, the lack of basic social services, and weak governance have all resulted in extreme vulnerability to recurrent disasters, epidemics, violence, insecurity and population displacements.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Angola + 21 others
Health Action in Crises - Highlights No. 183 - 12 to 18 Nov 2007

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition
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Mauritania emergency appeal 32/2007 - floods

Report
Caritas
Appeal Amount: 237,924 USD ; 162,868 Euros

Background

Following several years of drought, heavy rains battered the regions of Guidimakha, Gorgol, and Brakna in Mauritania within a period of 20 days. Although much anticipated, the rains caused extensive damage. Around 30,000 people have been affected, according to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The floods have received scant media attention in the town of Tintane, where the needs of the affected population are great and assistance limited.

The country experienced flooding in 1994,

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Mali + 11 others
Note Information Sécurité Alimentaire NISA - octobre 2007 : Situation alimentaire dans le Sahel et en Afrique de l'Ouest

Une production céréalière légèrement en dessous de celle de 2006

This report covers the period from 9/30/2007 to 10/31/2007

1. Une saison agricole marquée alternativement par des sécheresses et des inondations.

Les producteurs agricoles sahéliens et ouest africains ont subi successivement l'effet de deux types de chocs liés au climat :

- Une première poche de sécheresse en début de campagne agricole marquée notamment par une irrégularité et une insuffisance pluviométrique. Cette situation a entraîné un démarrage tardif

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Benin + 11 others
Food Security Information Note FOSIN - Oct 2007: Food Situation in the Sahel and West Africa

Cereal production slightly below 2006 production

1. An agricultural season in which there were both droughts and floods Sahelian and West African agricultural producers were subjected successively to two types of climatic shocks:

- A small pocket of drought at the beginning of the agricultural campaign with irregular or insufficient rainfall. This situation led to a late start to the agricultural campaign which did not get underway until mid- July 2007, resulting in late re/seeding.

- Severe flooding, in particular during

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Afghanistan + 38 others
OCHA Natural Disaster Bulletin No. 8

"The number of people threatened by natural disasters had increased by three times over the last 30 years and the number of people affected by natural disasters doubled every 10 years. Tens of millions of people had been affected this year by floods in countries all over the world. The link between the increase in disasters and climate change, which had been predicted by scientists, was unmistakable. Also, more people were now living in exposed areas. Some of the biggest cities in the world were built in disaster zones. Their poorest inhabitants were
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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