Heavy rains caused flooding in various parts of Niger starting at the end of July 2012 as part of the rainy season. By October, at least 91 people had been killed and 530,000 affected by floods, which hit the Tillabery region of the land-locked country hardest. Additional flooding occurred in November and December with the additional seasonal rise of rivers, which had already reached unusually high levels in October, forcing people affected by earlier flooding to relocate/evacuate yet again and posing challenges to relief activities. (IFRC, 14 Dec 2012)
As communities in Niger continue to recover from flooding that took place last summer, we hear from response team volunteer David Hatcher about the challenges of providing aid in the West African country.
In August 2012, Niger received more than half a year’s rainfall in just one night and experienced the worst flooding in living memory. The River Niger burst its banks and the rising waters destroyed 14,000 homes, along with 7,000 crop fields, leaving people without shelter or food supplies.
Afflux continu à Diffa de réfugiés, déplacés/ retournés en provenance du Nigéria.
De nombreuses femmes de la région de Zinder empruntent les routes migratoires pour se rendre en Algérie
In West Africa, market supplies improved throughout the region in October due to average ongoing harvests. Carryover stocks were average to above-average in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Benin but below-average in many areas of the Niger and Nigeria due to the effects flood and conflict that disrupted the marketing system in 2012 and early 2013. Stable rice imports from international markets contributed to food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-5).
Period covered by this final report: December 2011 to May 2013.
Appeal target (current): CHF 3,375,048
Appeal coverage: 52%;
· The Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 30 January 2012 for CHF 3,756,836 for nine months to assist 350,000 beneficiaries in six regions: Diffa, Tahoua, Dosso,Tillabéry, Maradi and Zinder
L’environnement social, économique et politique du Niger est resté stable au cours des six premiers mois de l’année 2013. Par contre, les conditions sécuritaires se sont graduellement dégradées avec deux attentats terroristes perpétrés durant le mois de mai contre une garnison militaire et des intérêts français dans le nord du pays (Agadez et Arlit), ainsi que l’évasion, en juin 2013, d’une vingtaine de détenus de la prison civile de Niamey, dont un présumé terroriste très dangereux.
NEEDS REMAIN HIGH
Food security and nutrition in the Sahel have improved somewhat since the acute crisis in 2012, following better rains and harvests. However, the effects of the recent crisis are not so quickly erased.
· L'Union européenne augmente son aide pour les déplacés de Tissi au Tchad (RFI, 18/06/13)
· UNICEF intensifies emergency response for refugees in eastern Chad (UNICEF, 19/06/13)
· Chad: UNHCR Completes Relocation of Thousands of Darfur Refugees to Chad Camp (All Africa, 14/06/13)
· Preparing for floods in West Africa (IRIN, 14/06/13)
· World's poorest will feel brunt of climate change, warns World Bank (Guardian, 19/06/13)
· Life without education doesn’t make sense (CORD, 18/06/13)
DAKAR/NIAMEY, 13 June 2013 (IRIN) - West African and Sahel countries are setting up measures to minimize flood damage as the annual rainy season approaches. The African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) in a seasonal weather outlook says near-average or above-average rainfall is likely over the western Sahel, which stretches across Mauritania, Senegal and western and central Niger.
Le nord du Mali toujours en proie à la crise alimentaire
Afflux de réfugiés au Tchad suite aux troubles politiques en République centrafricaine et des affrontements au Soudan
Forte hausse des prix des céréales au Niger et au Nigéria suite aux inondations de 2012 et aux troubles sociaux au nord du Nigeria
Snapshot 27 May – 03 June
In Syria, the government military continued its offensive on opposition-controlled Qusayr, a strategic city in Homs province connecting the capital to the Mediterranean coast. Humanitarian agencies expressed alarm over the fate of thousands of civilians still trapped in the city. The UN estimates that over 6.8 million people are in need of humanitarian aid in Syria. While an estimated 5 million people are internally displaced, the number of Syrians registered or awaiting registration in host countries has surpassed 1.6 million.
• La sécurité alimentaire reste précaire dans les zones vulnérables
• Le district sanitaire de Tillabéry enregistre à lui seul 256 des 281 cas de choléra
• Les cantines scolaires renforcent l’assiduité et réduisent la disparité entre garçons et filles
21-05-2013 Communiqué de presse
Genève / Niamey (CICR) – Plusieurs centaines de familles fuyant la violence qui sévit au nord du Nigéria ont trouvé refuge dans la région de Diffa, dans le sud-est du Niger, et bénéficient d'une assistance d'urgence en vivres et en biens de première nécessité organisée par le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) et la Croix-Rouge nigérienne.
Geneva/Niamey (ICRC) – Several hundred families fleeing violence in northern Nigeria and taking refuge in the Diffa area of south-eastern Niger are being provided with emergency supplies and food aid by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Red Cross Society of Niger.
Displaced by disasters: 32.4 million people uprooted in both rich and poor countries
**GENEVA, 13 MAY 2013 – A new report released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) reveals that 32.4 million people were forced to flee their homes in 2012 by disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes. While Asia and west and central Africa bore the brunt, 1.3 million were displaced in rich countries, with the USA particularly affected.
Fighting continued unabated throughout Syria, in particular in Hama, Aleppo, Ar-Raqqa, Dar’a, Deir-ez-Zor, Homs, Idleb, Lattakia and around Damascus. 6.8 million people are in need in of humanitarian assistance in the country, 4.25 million people are displaced and over 1.4 million people have fled into neighbouring countries.
6.8 million people are in need in of humanitarian assistance in Syria and the UNHCR has defined the crisis as the worst humanitarian disaster since the end of the cold war. 4.25 million people are displaced and over 1.3 million people have fled into neighbouring countries. Fierce fighting continues across the country and cross-border shelling into Lebanon has intensified over the last days.
- Le Niger n’aurait pas enregistré de cas de fièvre jaune depuis au moins deux décennies.
- Les programmes de protection des vulnérables dans les camps de réfugiés et dans les centres de nutrition sont sans ressources.
- Les déplacés de Niamey peuvent envisager de reconstruire leurs habitations.