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04 Nov 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Edward Bally

KPOTO, Benin, 4 November 2010 - As floodwaters slowly recede in Benin, the magnitude of the tragedy is being revealed. The recent floods here and elsewhere in West Africa have killed almost 400 people and affected 1.5 million. Children are the hardest hit.

VIDEO: 24 October 2010 - UNICEF's Edward Bally reports on the difficulties faced by thousands of students in flood-ravaged Benin.

04 Nov 2010 description
report Oxfam

Au cours des deux derniers mois, des pluies diluviennes ont été enregistrées dans le Sud du Bénin, provoquant d'importantes inondations. Les conséquences immédiates sont considérables pour ce pays d'Afrique occidentale qui se situe au 161e rang sur 177 de l'indice du développement humain des Nations unies.

En date du 2 novembre, 680 000 personnes étaient affectées par les inondations et on dénombrait notamment plus de 150 000 sinistrés, 46 morts et des centaines d'écoles sous les eaux.

04 Nov 2010 description
report Logistics Cluster

Each week the Global Logistics Cluster Support Cell (GLCSC) provides an operational update of the activities of Logistics Clusters/Sectors in the field, together with the details of the latest publications on the Logistics Cluster website. The GLCSC is housed in the Logistics Division of the UN World Food Programme, the Global Logistics Cluster Lead.

04 Nov 2010 description

This report was issued by UNOCHA Benin. It covers the period from 27 October to 4 November. The next report will be issued on or around 11 November.

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

=B7 Rains continue, mostly in the north of the country, although the dry season is expected to start soon.

=B7 The Emergency Humanitarian Appeal Plan was launched this week requesting US$ 46,847,399 to assist flood victims.

=B7 On 30 October WFP started food distribution in Zagnanado for 2,450 vulnerable people in collaboration with the National Red Cross.

04 Nov 2010 description

I. LES EVENEMENTS CLES

- Les pluies continuent de tomber, particulièrement dans le Nord du pays, bien que la saison sèche commence bientôt.

- Le Plan d'action humanitaire d'urgence a été lancé cette semaine pour la collecte de 46 847 399 dollars américaines en faveur des victimes des inondations.

- Le Programme Alimentaire Mondial (PAM), en collaboration avec la Croix Rouge Béninoise, a démarré le 30 octobre 2010 la distribution de vivres à Zagnanado pour 2 450 personnes.

03 Nov 2010 description
report Logistics Cluster

Contexte

Les inondations constituent un risque récurrent de catastrophe naturelle au Bénin, particulièrement dans la partie méridionale du pays. Les carences en termes d'aménagement du territoire et de gestion des risques ont davantage amplifié l'impact des conséquences extrêmes liées au changement climatique. Accusant une intensité exceptionnelle en 2010, les récentes pluies ont provoqué des crues hors-normes dans 55 des 77 communes que compte le pays.

03 Nov 2010 description

After days of heavy rainfall in western parts of Central Africa, large swathes of Benin, including the capital, Cotonou, are under water. Up to 700,000 people, many of them children, have been affected by the flooding. Approximately 200,000 people have been left homeless.

The Federal Foreign Office is providing up to EUR 400,000 for immediate emergency assistance measures.

03 Nov 2010 description
report UN News Service

3 novembre 2010 - Les agences de l'ONU, le gouvernement du Bénin et les organisations humanitaires ont lancé mercredi un Plan d'action humanitaire d'urgence pour récolter auprès de la communauté internationale plus de 46,8 millions de dollars et financer les opérations d'aide à 680.000 personnes sinistrées par les inondations.

« Comme dans toute la région, le Bénin a vécu une crise alimentaire et nutritionnelle, avant d'être frappé ensuite par les inondations », a déclaré la Secrétaire générale adjointe de l'ONU aux Affaires humanitaires, Valerie Amos.

« Les …

03 Nov 2010 description

(Geneva / New York, 3 November 2010): The Government of Benin and humanitarian agencies today launched a joint Emergency Humanitarian Action Plan (EHAP) asking the international community to provide $46,847,399 for emergency assistance to help hundreds of thousands of people survive recent flooding.

Unusually heavy rains since mid-September have caused widespread destruction across Benin. This year's flooding is the worst the country has experienced in a century.

02 Nov 2010 description
report UN News Service

United Nations agencies and humanitarian organizations are providing critical humanitarian aid to people affected by floods in Benin over the last month, as rainfall continues to swell the Niger River in the north of the West African country.

"Needs are very high because of the floods. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure the response is as quick and effective as it can be," said the UN Resident Coordinator in Benin, Nardos Bekele-Thomas.

At least 680,000 people have already been affected by the floods, which started in mid-September.

02 Nov 2010 description

(New York/Geneva/Cotonou: 1 November 2010): Humanitarian organizations are providing essential humanitarian aid to people affected by floods in Benin over the last month, as rainfalls continues across the country, causing the Niger River in the north of Benin to rise, worsening the situation.

At least 680,000 people have already been affected by the floods which started in mid-September. Around 200,000 people, most of which are currently in host families, are in need of shelters, with over 55,000 homes totally destroyed, 128,000 hectares of crops ruined, and 81,000 livestock dead.

01 Nov 2010 description

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has announced that it will be sending emergency supplies to Benin to help victims of unusually heavy rains and floods in the West African state.

Blankets, tents, plastic sheeting and sleeping pads were being airlifted from Johannesburg to the Benin capital of Cotonou as soon as possible.

Benin is hit annually by heavy rains and floods, but this year the rainfall was 2 =BD times heavier than during the same period last year.

At least 46 persons were reported dead, 680,000 others were affected, 55,000 homes were damaged along with …

01 Nov 2010 description

Executive summary

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)'s Africa Zone (Zone) covers 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and is divided into six functional/geographical regions namely the West Coast (Abuja), Indian Ocean Islands (Mauritius), Sahel (Dakar), Central Africa (Yaoundé), East Africa (Nairobi), and Southern Africa (Johannesburg). The IFRC West Coast Regional Representation office based in Abuja, Nigeria covers seven countries; Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo and Liberia.

01 Nov 2010 description

(New York/Genève/Cotonou, le 1er novembre 2010): les organisations humanitaires sont en train d'apporter l'aide d'urgence aux sinistrés des dernières inondations causées par les fortes pluies qui se sont abattues sur le Benin le mois dernier. De fortes pluies continuent de tomber, causant la crue du fleuve Niger dans le nord du pays, aggravant la situation.

Au moins 680 000 personnes ont été touchées par les inondations qui ont commencé à la mi-septembre. Environ 200 000 personnes, dont la majorité se trouve dans des familles d'accueil, ont besoin d'abris.

31 Oct 2010 description
report World Bank

This field note reviews the first generation of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for small piped water schemes in seven countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda and Senegal. The field note proposes a framework for moving towards more sustainable piped water PPPs. The framework comprises four building blocks to consider: improving contracting practices, the enabling environment, the capacity of the PPP stakeholders, and information tools and services.

29 Oct 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Edward Bally

ZAGNANADO COMMUNE, Benin, 29 October 2010 - Constante Dagninhoun, 33, married and the mother of five young children, is among the 680,000 people affected by the floods that have wreaked havoc in Benin.

Settled in a temporary camp installed in the Saint Laurent church - a three-hour drive from the country's largest city, Cotonou - she is one of the lucky ones. Many of the 180,000 Beninese who've been displaced by the flood disaster are still living in the street.

These days, Ms.

29 Oct 2010 description
report Government of Japan

On October 29, the Government of Japan has decided to extend emergency relief goods (tents, blankets, etc.) equivalent to 20 million yen (about 213,000 USD) to the Republic of Benin in response to the request from the Government of the Republic of Benin, in view of humanitarian aspects as well as the friendship and cooperation between Japan and the Republic of Benin.

29 Oct 2010 description

SOS Children's Villages will launch an emergency relief programme to support 500 children and families affected by floods. Victims of the inundations will be provided with supplies to cover the most urgent needs.

After Benin suffered the heaviest inundations the West African country has seen in decades, SOS Children's Villages has decided to help children and their families in the municipality of Bonou, in the Ouémé department. Here, several hectares of crops were destroyed, houses damaged and livestock decimated.