Summary: Since the start of the rainy season, the following fifteen countries have experienced significant flooding (Liberia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, Gambia, Gabon, Togo, Mali, Central African Republic, Ghana, Benin, Mauritania, Côte d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Senegal). Estimates indicated that more than 200,000 people were affected; thousands of families were uprooted from their homes and material losses were considerable. Other floods had caused further damage in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
This report covers the period 17/January/2009 to 31/December/2009.
Programme purpose: The 2009-2010 West and Central Africa Zone's (WCAZ) Plan aims at providing support to National Societies to properly address the needs of vulnerable people. The 2009 plan of action focuses on the implementation of the safety and resilient community framework. Integrated approach targeting community at risk has been developed with NS and PNS that covers DRR, Health and OD issues at branch level with strong community participation. Some of the projects will continue in 2010.
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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.
Although OFID's core activities focus on providing concessional financing in support of sustainable projects across the developing world, the institution recognizes that emergency assistance is still instrumental in helping mitigate the suffering of those affected by natural disasters. Therefore, when the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an appeal to the donor community in September to mobilize funds to help victims of ongoing flooding in West and Central Africa, OFID swiftly responded by approving a grant of US$1 million.
GLIDE no. FL-2009-000186-TCD
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 and Red Crescent response to emergencies.
Du 4 au 6 novembre 2009 s'est tenue à Accra au Ghana, la réunion de concertation technique sur les bilans céréaliers et alimentaires ex-post 2008/2009 et prévisionnels 2009/2010 des pays membres de la CEDEAO, de l'UEMOA et du CILSS. A la fin des travaux, la réunion publie le présent avis :
- L'hivernage 2009 en général a connu un démarrage très hétérogène. Au Sahel Central et Oriental, les pluies ont été tardives avec des épisodes secs ayant entrainé des retards importants dans la mise en place et le développement des cultures.
The technical consultative meeting on the ex-post 2008/2009 cereal and food balance sheets and provisional 2009/2010 in the CILSS, ECOWAS and UEMOA countries members took place from the 4th to 6th November 2009 in Accra, Ghana. The present press release is published:
- Rainfall in 2009 was highly heterogeneous. In the Central and Eastern Sahel, the rains were late with sporadic dry spells causing delays in crops establishment and development. In the Western Sahel the rains started relatively early without major interruptions.
The principal shocks affecting food security in Chad throughout the month of September and early October are the irregular and below average rainfall registered since the start of the 2009/2010 agricultural campaign, localized floods and high food prices.
More precipitation was needed in September to compensate for rainfall and moisture deficits accrued since June to ensure that the vegetative cycles of major food crops are completed.
Based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, the Federation's Central Africa Regional Representation (CARREP) covers the following eight countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo (RoC), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe. However, the DRC and Chad have country representations and thus separate plans. A joint plan has been prepared for Cameroon, CAR, RoC, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe.
Period covered by this Ops Update: 6 August - 7 October 2009.
Appeal target (current): CHF 918,517 (USD 896,114 or EUR 605,283)
Appeal coverage: 91%;
- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 6 August 2009 for CHF 918,517 for 9 months to assist 25,000 beneficiaries.
- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 200,000 was allocated from the Federation's DREF to support this Appeal and related action.
The Federation's West and Central Africa Sub-zone (WCAZ) priorities are guided by the following strategic initiatives intended to support the development and work of National Societies: the Global Agenda Goals and the Framework for Action, Strategy 2010, the African Red Cross and Red Crescent Health Initiative (ARCHI) 2010 and decisions coming out from Pan African Conferences such as the Algiers Plan of Action and the Johannesburg Commitment.
Working within these initiatives, the West and Central Africa sub-zone immediate focus is to support …
- The outlook for the 2009 - 10 harvest
in the eastern basin is average, but several areas affected by adverse
weather are likely to exhibit deficits.
- In the short run, the harvest will lead to a decline in prices, but these will probably stay at above"average levels into 2010.
- Commercial and public stocks are still relatively low in Nigeria, Chad, and Niger and buying is expected to continue.
- Poor households accessing food through markets will remain exposed to food insecurity.
This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Red Cross of Chad, with the support of the Federation, has determined that external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time.
On 12 and 14 September 2009, two heavy torrential rains poured down in the capital N'Djamena leading to the flooding of almost half of the town.
Chronic conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in east and central Africa (ECA). The ECA region encompasses the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region, including Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda, as well as Sudan, Chad, and Egypt. In FY 2009, the U.S.
This report covers the period 01/01/09 to 30/06/09
Programme purpose: As outlined in the 2009-2010 plan, the West and Central Africa Zone's (WCAZ) immediate focus is to support National Societies in providing assistance to address the needs of vulnerable people. In disaster management WCAZ faces challenges due to new disaster patterns related to climate variability.
Written by: George Fominyen
DAKAR (AlertNet)- Heavy flooding has displaced over half a million people and killed over 100 in West Africa since the start of the rainy season in June, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said.
A vast multi-agency effort is underway in the region to provide relief including shelter, food, water and proper hygiene conditions for the homeless and most vulnerable .