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30 Nov 2010 description


In 2011, tens of millions of people will need emergency aid to survive. Conflicts and natural disasters have cut them off from their homes, their livelihoods, and access to essentials like drinking water and health care. They already suffer or are imminently threatened by malnourishment, disease, or violence. Most are poor people who have few if any means to cope with these traumas.

30 Nov 2010 description

    West Africa's humanitarian situation remains of deep concern. The region continues to be marked by complex and severe humanitarian crises, often exceeding the populations' coping capacities and deepening their vulnerability. In 2010, the region was found to have the highest rates of under-five mortality in the world. About one-quarter of all global child deaths occur in West Africa.

26 Nov 2010 description


- Food distributions are ongoing this week in the municipality of Adjohoun for 12,500 people.

- The Health Cluster is assessing several departments perceived to be at high risk of waterborne diseases.

- The Logistics Cluster is assessing road access in the North of Benin.

20 Nov 2010 description


- According to the rapid needs assessment, floods-affected schools need a multisectorial intervention.

- Food and non-food items distributions continue in the affected departments.

- An air cargo transporting relief items donated by Iran arrived in Cotonou on 19 November.

12 Nov 2010 description


=B7 The Emergency Humanitarian Action Plan (EHAP) was launched in Cotonou on 9 November 2010.

=B7 Rapid Needs Assessment missions are being carried out by Education Cluster partners in 20% of all affected primary and secondary schools.

=B7 An MoU was signed between the Government, UN System and Caritas.

12 Nov 2010 description


- Lancement à Cotonou du Plan d'Action Humanitaire d'Urgence (EHAP) le 9 Novembre 2010.

- Des missions d'évaluation rapide ont été menées dans 20% des écoles primaires et secondaires affectées par les inondations.

- Signature d'une Lettre d'Entente entre le Gouvernement, le Système des Nations Unies et Caritas


04 Nov 2010 description


- 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.

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

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.


=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.

28 Oct 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Edward Bally

COTONOU, Benin, 28 October 2010 - In one of the first large-scale responses to a crisis that seemingly hasn't yet registered with much of the world, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has airlifted thousands of tents for people displaced by the devastating floods in Benin.

VIDEO: 27 October 2010 - UNICEF's Edward Bally reports on the emergency response to the devastating floods in Benin.

The first flight in the emergency airlift brought 1,500 tents into Cotonou, …

26 Oct 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

COTONOU, Benin, 26 October 2010 - Heavy and persistent rainfall has deeply affected the daily lives of more than 680,000 people in Benin, approximately 122,000 of whom are children under-five. The number of displaced is 180,000.

UNICEF, in collaboration with its partners, is working with urgency on the ground to respond to the crisis. "The scourge is so heavy that it is urgent to work hand in hand and respond to basic needs such as potable water, food, shelters and essential commodities", said Dr.

25 Oct 2010 description

I. Evénements clés

- Les dernières évaluations portent à 680 000 le nombre de sinistrés

- Augmentation de l'ampleur de la crise avec 55 communes affectées sur les 77 que compte le pays.

19 Oct 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

COTONOU, Bénin, 19 octobre 2010 - l'UNICEF et d'autres agences de L'ONU, des Organisations non gouvernementales et le gouvernement du Bénin mettent en place une intervention humanitaire face aux inondations massives qui ont recouvert les deux-tiers du pays.

Déclenchées par de fortes pluies hors saison qui ont fait sortir de leur lit les fleuves de l'Oueme et du Mono, les inondations se sont répandues à travers les deux tiers du territoire de ce petit pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest.

19 Oct 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

Cotonou, Bénin, 19 October 2010 - Floods and heavy rain falls over the past month have seriously disrupted the lives of more than 360, 000 people across a vast area of Benin.

Amongst them are around 64 500 children under five. The Government and humanitarian partners are engaged in a rapid response in 51 of the country's 77 communes.

Some 98,000 of those affected have lost their homes.

19 Oct 2010 description

I. Evénements clés

- Le Gouvernement du Benin apporte un appui logistique aux missions d'évaluations et continue la distribution des vivres et non-vivres dans les localités affectées ;

- Augmentation de l'ampleur de la crise avec 51 communes affectées sur les 77 que compte le pays.

- Augmentation des cas de cholera à Cotonou

- Plus de 360 000 personnes affectées et 43 morts à cause de la persistance des pluies

12 Oct 2010 description
report Caritas

Caritas is appealing for US1.8 million (1.3 million euro) following heavy flooding in the West African country of Benin. Over 350,000 people have been affected by the floods and dozens have died.

The impact of the floods is massive: 130,000 hectares of crops have been ruined; 55,000 houses and over 270 schools have been damaged, as well as many roads and bridges.

"It's a dramatic situation. There are people who have lost everything and need a lot of help. We're very worried about the future and the risk of food shortages because of the damaged crops.

11 Oct 2010 description

I. Evénements clés

- 1 128 000 $US (530 millions de FCFA) du gouvernement béninois pour la réponse aux inondations

- Harmonisation des rapports des équipes d'évaluation rapide et consolidation des besoins par clusters

- 360 000 personnes affectées et 42 morts après la consolidation des rapports d'évaluation rapide

- Elaboration en cours d'une requête CERF

- Formulation d'une requête d'appui de l'UNDAC

08 Sep 2010 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fifth session

Item 70 (a) of the provisional agenda

Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations


The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 64/251, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to continue to improve the international response to natural disasters and to report thereon to the Assembly at its sixty-fifth session.