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02 Jul 2011 description

“This year the rains started late, but with an intensity that is two to three times higher than normal. At least a hundred villages are already at the red level alert. If you do not prepare in advance Benin is likely to once again relive last year’s drama: the people have understood this before the local government and they are already planning “, said to MISNA Imeldus Nvekounou, coordinator of humanitarian emergencies for Caritas Benin, stating that the organization has already implemented an early warning system.

01 Jul 2011 description

“Cette année les pluies ont commencé en retard mais avec une intensité deux ou trois fois supérieur à la normale. Une centaine de villages sont déjà à un niveau d’alerte rouge. Le Bénin, risque de revivre le drame de l’année dernière : les gens l’ont compris avant le gouvernement et ils s’organisent déjà au niveau local » déclare à la MISNA, Imeldus Nvekounou, coordinateur des urgences humanitaires de “Caritas Bénin”, en précisant que l’organisation a déjà élaboré un système d’alerte.

22 Oct 2010 description

"Il s'agit des plus graves inondations depuis les années 1960 : le pays est anéanti et les quelques aides humanitaires que nous recevons ne suffisent pas. Le Bénin a besoin d'un véritable soutien de la communauté internationale et notamment de vivres, de produits pour assainir l'eau et de médicaments", dit à la MISNA la secrétaire générale de l'organisation Caritas Bénin, sœur Léonie Dochamou. À l'heure actuelle, 60 victimes, 120.000 sans-abri et près de 680.000 personnes affectées à titres divers sont enregistrés.

14 Oct 2010 description

"It is a sad spectacle, the whole country is underwater, a third of the population has been hit by bad weather and the rain hasn't stopped," said to MISNA Sister Léonie, general secretary of Caritas Benin who is coordinating humanitarian aid from UN agencies and other NGO's.

The human toll from the unusually high precipitation is high; at least 40 people have died, 360,000 refugees and 100,000 homeless, while 3.4 million have been affected in some way - out of a total population of eight million.

23 Nov 2009 description

With the ratification by the government of Benin, the 'Convention against the proliferation of light and small caliber weapons' (ALPC) adopted in June 2006 in Abuja by the 15 member states of Western African States Economic Community (ECOWAS).

The Dakar based organism issued a note saying that the importance of Benin's ratification last September 29, (joining Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo), allows for the convention to be adopted.

20 Aug 2008 description

The heavy rains could continue until September across West Africa, where they caused wide flooding and submerged vast regions in the past weeks, uprooting more than 200,000 people. Based on weather forecasts of the past days, the seasonal rains are still affecting Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Togo, and in a lesser measure Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea Bissau. The consequences of the flooding and damages appear more critical in nations struck over the past year and a half by soaring food prices.

01 Aug 2008 description

Heavy rains across West Africa have caused renewed flooding in at least seven nations of the region, threatening the already fragile food security situation hard-hit by rising world food prices. Based on United Nations estimates, tens of thousands have been left homeless in the region, though precise numbers are not available. The worst-hit nations are Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso, which have no sea access; in Togo, floodwaters have destroyed bridges and roads, disrupting trade links with Burkina.