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30 Nov 2010 description
  1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    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.

30 Nov 2010 description

Introduction

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.

26 Nov 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Vivian Siu

SINENDE, Benin, 26 November 2010 - Despite Benin's worst flooding in recent history, which inundated two-thirds of the West African country this past fall, UNICEF-supported education initiatives here continue to thrive.

VIDEO: UNICEF correspondent Vivian Siu reports on community-based education initiatives in the aftermath of recent massive flooding in Benin.

26 Nov 2010 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

- 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

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

- 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

I. EVENEMENTS CLES

- 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

II.

12 Nov 2010 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

=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.

04 Nov 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

Par Edward Bally

KPOTO, Bénin, 4 novembre 2010 - Alors que les eaux de crue commencent à reculer au Bénin, onprend peu à peu conscience de l'ampleur de la tragédie. Les inondations récentes ici et ailleurs en Afrique de l'Ouest ont fait presque 400 morts et touché 1,5 million de personnes. Les enfants sont les plus éprouvés.

Au Bénin, 278 écoles ont été inondées et 600 salles de classe endommagées dans la catastrophe.

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

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.

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.