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13 Jun 2008 description

The International Federations Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies.

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.

20 Feb 2007 description

[Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies]

DAKAR, 20 février 2007 (IRIN) - Les milliers de sinistrés de la région du nord du Niger qui ont perdu leurs maisons dans les inondations du mois d'août 2006 vivent encore dans des abris de fortune et tentent de survivre au froid du désert.

Dans la région nord du Niger, exposée aux rigueurs du désert, les températures peuvent grimper jusqu'à 40 degrés dans la journée, et descendre jusqu'à 10 degrés ou moins la nuit.

« Il fait très froid et il y a beaucoup de vent actuellement », a expliqué Jerry …

20 Feb 2007 description

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DAKAR, 20 February2007 (IRIN) - Thousands of people in northern Niger who lost their homes in floods last August are still living in emergency shelters and struggling to survive cold desert weather.

Temperatures in northern Niger's exposed deserts can soar to 40 degrees in daytime, but drop to 10 degrees or less at night.

"It is very cold and windy now," said Jerry Niati, regional disaster manager at the International Federation of the Red Cross in Dakar (IFRC).

08 Feb 2007 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 185 countries.

In Brief

This DREF Bulletin is being issued based on the situation described below reflecting the information available at this time. CHF 48,000 (USD 38,400 or EUR 29,629) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to respond to the needs in this operation.

31 Oct 2006 description

THE PRESENT CONTEXT

Niger suffers from endemic poverty. In spite of some progress in the health and education sectors, progress towards the UN Millennium Development Goals is slow and difficult.

18 Oct 2006 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of CPC Seasonal Outlooks at 4 Months Lead:

February-April 2007 Forecasts

Gulf of Guinea Region

There is a tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall over most parts in the region, including Liberia, eastern Guinea, southern and eastern Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, and the northern halves of Togo and Benin.

Locust Update:

The FAO site (http://www.fao.org/ag/locusts/en/info/info/index.html) was last updated on …

06 Oct 2006 description

This week's report covers the following sectors: Agriculture, Coordination and Support Services, Education, Food, Health, Infrastructure and Rehabilitation, Mine Action, Protection / Human Rights / Rule of Law, Refugees and IDPs, Security, Shelter and Non-food Items, Water & Sanitation

(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Lebanon (2) occupied Palestinian territories

(C) East & Central Africa: (1) Burundi (2) Congo, DR (3) Ethiopia (4) Rwanda (5) Somalia (6) Sudan (7) Tanzania (8) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Côte d'Ivoire (2) Chad …

05 Oct 2006 description


1) Significant events:

From January-September 2006, WFP Niger distributed more then 38,500 mts of food to approximately 2 million beneficiaries.

Targeted free food distributions are coming to a close for 320,760 beneficiaries.

The first round of blanket supplementary feeding distributions is complete and the second round is ongoing.

2) Security

Niger is under security phase 0, with the exception of Agadez region which is under phase 1. No security incidents to report.

3) Food security situation

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 …

02 Oct 2006 description

In the small village of Darogi Kayshay in Niger's Doutchi District, 12-year-old Zeinabou Adamou was searching through the rubble that had been her home, looking for her most treasured possession, a necklace purchased at a market across the border in Nigeria. Zeinabou's family lost most of its possessions - including bedding, clothes and kitchen supplies - when their house collapsed under torrential rains that forced hundreds of Nigerien families from their homes.

"I'm not really concerned with the necklace," Zeinabou confessed.

30 Sep 2006 description

THE PRESENT CONTEXT

Niger suffers from endemic poverty. In spite of some progress in the health and education sectors, progress towards the UN Millennium Development Goals is slow and difficult.

The country is facing again a difficult lean season. The situation is characterized by pockets of food insecurity in agro-pastoral and agricultural areas. Food insecure households suffer from a weak livelihood base and risky coping strategies.

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.

29 Sep 2006 description
report UN Children's Fund

GUIDON GAZOBI, Niger, 29 September 2006 - The workday is long for the women and girls of Niger. It is still early in the morning when Mahou Abdou begins her daily chores - a series of strenuous tasks, all of which she will have completed before noon.

"I wake up at 5:30 every morning," she says. "We collect water and food for my family and animals, sell baked goods, grind millet and prepare the meal."

Adding to her already full schedule, there is a continuing food crisis in Niger.

27 Sep 2006 description

NIAMEY, le 27 septembre (IRIN) - En cette fin d'hivernage, près de 206 cas de choléra dont 21 mortels ont été recensés au Niger et les pluies diluviennes qui se sont abattues sur le pays ont provoqué des inondations dans de nombreuses régions et rendus leurs populations encore plus vulnérables à une crise sanitaire.

Les Nations unies ont dépêché une aide d'urgence au Niger pour venir en aide aux populations sinistrées.

26 Sep 2006 description

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NIAMEY, 26 September (IRIN) - Cholera has claimed 21 lives among 206 infected people in Niger following seasonal rains that have flooded communities and left them unable to cope with a health crisis.

The United Nations has sent emergency aid to Niger following the flooding, which has affected 43,000 people. The government says 10,000 people have lost their homes.

The UN children's agency, UNICEF, has sent medicine, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dispatched a team to evaluate the situation, and …

22 Sep 2006 description

Geneva_(dpa) _ Eighteen people have died from an outbreak of cholera in Niger following intense flooding from heavy rains since July, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, reported Friday.

More than 200 cases of the water-borne disease have been reported in the past three weeks across the region.

"Urgent measures must be taken to control the outbreak of the disease and prevent the spread of other infections caused by contaminated drinking water," said OCHA spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs.

22 Sep 2006 description
report UN News Service

United Nations agencies have sent emergency aid to Niger, where floods caused by exceptional rains from July to September have affected 43,000 persons in five regions, with serious implications for the health situation.

At least 214 cases of cholera had been registered in the last three weeks, 18 of them fatal and urgent measures have started to stop its spread, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs told a news briefing in Geneva today.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has sent medicines while the UN World Health Organization …