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06 Mar 2015 description
report AlertNet

Author: Kathryn M. Werntz

DAKAR, March 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Though the coastal cities of Senegal are situated on the fierce Atlantic Ocean, it is floods from heavy rains they struggle with, rather than rising tides.

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17 Sep 2012 description
report GFDRR

Poor communities in Senegal's capital city Dakar fare the worst when natural disasters hit because of their location in flood prone zones.


  • Senegal is vulnerable to disasters including flooding, drought, land degradation, rising sea levels and locust infestation

  • In 2009, floods caused more than US$103 million in damages and losses in and around Dakar

  • A US$1.1 million World Bank-financed project will support the country’s disaster risk reduction plans

31 May 2011 description

Inondations urbaines à Dakar 2009

Recurrent flooding is one of the most serious problems that Senegal has been facing over the last years, making it a serious concern for the Government. At the end of August 2009, heavy rainfall once again caused serious flooding in Senegal, particularly in Dakar but also in the rest of the country. The flooding was not caused by exceptionally heavy rainfall but rather due to unfavorable existing conditions and the lack of a functioning stormwater drainage system. According to Government figures about 360,000 people were directly affected.

31 Aug 2010 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2010 to 30/06/2010.

In brief

Programme outcome: The programmes will contribute to the achievement of the strategic aims of the Strategy 2020, whilst guided by the Johannesburg Commitments the local priorities. As outlined in the 2010-2011 plans, the Disaster Management (DM) programme seeks to provide all possible and relevant support to the 24 National Societies (NS) of the West and Central Africa Sub-Zone.

10 May 2010 description

Period covered by this Ops Update: 1 November 2009-2 April 2010.

Appeal target (current): CHF 918,517 (USD 896,114 or EUR 605,283)

Appeal coverage: 100%;

Appeal history:

=B7 This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 6 August 2009 for CHF 918,517 for 9 months to assist 25,000 beneficiaries.

=B7 Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 200,000 was allocated from the Federation's DREF to support this Appeal and related action.

=B7 Programme update no.

30 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 17/January/2009 to 31/December/2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: The 2009-2010 West and Central Africa Zone's (WCAZ) Plan aims at providing support to National Societies to properly address the needs of vulnerable people. The 2009 plan of action focuses on the implementation of the safety and resilient community framework. Integrated approach targeting community at risk has been developed with NS and PNS that covers DRR, Health and OD issues at branch level with strong community participation. Some of the projects will continue in 2010.

30 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 01/January/2009 to 31/December/2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: The Sahel+ National Societies priorities are guided by the Federation's Global Agenda goals and the Framework for Action. In addition, specific National Society plans also take their roots from Strategy 2010, ARCHI 2010 and the Algiers Plan of Action.

14 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 01 January to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: To increase the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) capacity to assist national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters through the provision of timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.

Programme Summary:

The DREF made a total of 108 allocations in 2009 to support National Society response to 96 different disasters, disbursing a total of 17,469,048 Swiss …

14 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: To reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies, by effectively using national, regional and international Red Cross and Red Crescent capacities and resources.

Programme summary: This annual report is a summary of key achievements of the seven individual plans implemented by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) under its disaster management global programme.

Financial situation: The total …

12 Apr 2010 description


- Abundant rains and agricultural support programmes contribute to an improved 2009/10 harvest for a second consecutive year

- Government investment promotion increases horticultural production for the export sector

- High cereal prices restrict food access to vulnerable people in parts of the country

Cereal production increase in 2009/10, for the second year running

Harvesting of maize and millet, two major grains produced in the country, for the 2009/10 season was completed in November, while the rice harvest was completed in late December.

21 Mar 2010 description

Torrential seasonal rains in Senegal, beginning in June and climaxing during the last week of August 2009 caused heavy flooding in the suburbs of Dakar (the capital city), in major towns like Kaolack and Saint-Louis and other regions and villages of the country. To respond to the flooding, the following actions have been carried out:

- The Federation had provided significant initial assistance through DREF allocation to allow the National Society support the affected communities.

- An Emergency Appeal (EA) was launched on 9 September, 2009.

15 Feb 2010 description

GLIDE n=B0 FL-2009-000172-BFA

Period covered by this Ops Update: 24th December to 31st January 2010.

Appeal target: With the available resources, the recovery appeal has reached 1,546 beneficiaries (families) in four regions.

Appeal coverage: 47%

Following the development of a revised plan of action based on the resources available in partnership with the Senegalese Red Cross Society (SRCS), this preliminary response provided agricultural tools, seeds, fertilizers and cash distribution to 1,546 beneficiaries. However, there remains to cover up to 1,254 more families.

Appeal …

25 Jan 2010 description

évènements Clés

=B7 770 000 personnes affectées par les inondations en Afrique de l'Ouest

=B7 21 000 cas suspects de fièvre Dengue au Cap Vert

=B7 Première conférence régionale sur les droits de l'homme et les changements climatiques en Afrique de l'Ouest

=B7 Plus de 4,5 millions d'enfants de moins de cinq ans affectés par une malnutrition aigue en Afrique de l'Ouest,

=B7 Plus de 115 milliards FCFA reçus dans le CAP 2009

=B7 Près de 1,4 milliard FCFA pour huit pays à travers le CERF

=B7 Une Commission internationale pour enquêter sur les tueries en …

23 Dec 2009 description

GLIDE no. FL-2009-000172-BFA

Period covered by this Ops Update: 03 October to 23 December 2009

Appeal target: This operation is still seeking for CHF 2,113,583 but now to support 3,500 families instead of 5,000.

07 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 7 décembre 2009 (IRIN) - Deux mois après la reprise officielle de l'année scolaire au Sénégal, de nombreux élèves n'ont toujours pas pu reprendre les cours dans leurs établissements scolaires habituels, qui se trouvent toujours sous un demi mètre d'eau.

Dans le cadre d'un plan gouvernemental, de nombreux enfants affectés par les inondations survenues entre juillet et septembre ont été temporairement replacés dans d'autres écoles, mais certains restent chez eux parce qu'ils n'ont pas les moyens de se rendre dans ces établissements trop éloignés, ont dit …

04 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 4 December 2009 (IRIN) - Two months after school resumed in Senegal scores of students still have not returned to their regular classrooms, which remain under up to a half-metre of floodwater.

Under a government plan many children affected by July-September flooding have temporarily transferred to other schools, but some are staying home because they have no way of getting to the more distant sites, families told IRIN.

Youssouf Ndao's eight-year-old son missed 25 days of school before his classroom re-opened.

18 Nov 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - Crouching on the roof of her house, 48-year-old Ossida Diatta pins up a mosquito net in a shelter made of used sheets and plastic bags.

17 Nov 2009 description

Although OFID's core activities focus on providing concessional financing in support of sustainable projects across the developing world, the institution recognizes that emergency assistance is still instrumental in helping mitigate the suffering of those affected by natural disasters. Therefore, when the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an appeal to the donor community in September to mobilize funds to help victims of ongoing flooding in West and Central Africa, OFID swiftly responded by approving a grant of US$1 million.