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22 Jun 2007 description

DAKAR, 22 June 2007 (IRIN) - Alors que les pluies saisonnières commencent à tomber aux quatre coins du Sahel, la région s'engage dans un cycle de pluies fortes et imprévisibles qui pourraient détruire les cultures et faire des milliers de sans-abri, préviennent les climatologues.

« Il pleut plus maintenant au Sahel qu'au cours des 30 dernières années », a expliqué Sylwia Trzaska, climatologue de l'Institut international pour la recherche sur le climat et la société de l'université Columbia, à New York.

21 Jun 2007 description

DAKAR, 21 June 2007 (IRIN) - As seasonal rains start to fall across the Sahel, climatologists warn that the region is entering a cycle of unpredictable heavy rains that could destroy crops and leave thousands of people homeless.

"It's raining more now in the Sahel than it was in the 30 years before," said Sylwia Trzaska, a climatologist at Colombia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society in New York.

19 Jun 2007 description

SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS

- Epidemics (cholera and meningitis) caused more than 2 300 deaths between January and June 2007; however, the funds received to date to respond to these epidemics have been insufficient.

26 Dec 2006 description


This report covers the period from 11/21/2006 to 12/26/2006

Summary and implications

05 Oct 2006 description

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

DAKAR, 5 October (IRIN) - Almost 70,000 people from four countries have been displaced by floods from seasonal rains and need food, blankets, mosquito nets and other assistance, according to a report from three United Nations agencies.

Niger is the worst-affected with 46,472 people displaced, followed by Burkina Faso with 11,170, Mauritania with 9,000 and Guinea with 1,200, said the October report by the UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA), the UN children's agency (UNICEF) and the UN World Food …

30 Sep 2006 description

L'espoir renaît mais les regards sont tournés vers les derniers moments d'une saison pluvieuse très capricieuse au démarrage

1. Brève analyse de la situation générale agricole et alimentaire

L'analyse produite par plusieurs sources d'information (Agrhymet, Fews Net, FAO) indique une amélioration de la situation pluviométrique dans l'ensemble de la zone sahélienne. Cependant, le mois d'Août a été marqué par des inondations qui ont touché le Burkina Faso, le Mali, la Mauritanie, le Niger et le Nigeria.

20 Sep 2006 description

Summary and implications

The increase in rainfall since the third dekad of August has helped make up certain rainfall deficits in crop and agropastoral production zones. While rainfall totals are lagging behind figures for last year, thus far, on the whole, the pattern of rainfall has been normal, in line with the interannual average (1991-2000) and the norm (1971-2000). Rain fed (diéri) crops are in all different stages of development depending on the start-of-season, the regularity of ensuing rainfall and household access to seeds.

19 Sep 2006 description

Dakar - le Programme Alimentaire Mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) a reçu aujourd'hui un don de 10 millions de dollars du Royaume d'Arabie Saoudite pour ses opérations en Afrique de l'Ouest, l'une des régions les plus pauvres au monde.

Le don saoudien arrive à une période décisive pour le Sahel, région désertique, car même si 'la saison maigre 'annuelle touche à sa fin, la population lutte toujours pour s'alimenter en attendant la prochaine moisson.

18 Sep 2006 description

Dakar, 18 September 2006 - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has joined the fight against hunger in West Africa with a US$10 million donation to eight poverty-stricken countries in the region. Marcus Prior reports on how the much-needed cash injection will be used.

Some humanitarian emergencies leap off the television screen, pull firmly and persistently at the heart-strings and demand a generous international response.

Others are less telegenic, less fuelled with emotion and less understood. In short, they are often neglected.

15 Sep 2006 description

Dakar, 15 September 2006 - WFP has rushed to deliver vital supplies to thousands of people who lost their homes and livelihoods after violent floods engulfed parts of West Africa's Sahel region.

The situation is particularly precarious in Mauritania, where WFP has mounted an immediate response despite struggling to find sufficient funds for its existing relief operation.

In the south of the country, scene of the most destructive rains, over 9,000 people have received 180 metric tons of food in and around the towns of Rosso and Boutlimit.

20 Aug 2006 description

Summary and implications

Despite an earlier start to the rainy season in these areas compared with other parts of the country, Hodh El Gharbi, Hodh El Chargui, Guidimakha and eastern Gorgol were all reporting severe rainfall deficits as of the end of the second dekad of August. This translated into mediocre vegetative cover, crops still in the sprouting stage and numerous rounds of replanting. Plant cover in all other farming and livestock-raising areas is uniform and in full development.

28 Jul 2006 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

23 Jul 2006 description

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - At least seven people were killed and 19 were injured in severe storms and flooding that hit Mauritania at the weekend, state radio reported on Sunday.