Nigeria: Floods - Aug 2009
This report covers the period 1/January/2009 to 31/December/2009.
Programme(s) summary: The West Coast Regional Representation worked in close collaboration with partners to support West Coast National Societies in the implementation of activities towards improving the lives of the vulnerable population in the region and also enhancing these National Societies' development.
In 2009, agricultural production has been affected in Chad, Niger and Nigeria by late onset of rains, prolonged dry spells and significant pest infestations. In Nigeria, this was compounded by continuing lack of access to fertiliser. An expected increase in crop production in Benin will not be enough to offset lower supplies in neighbouring countries. Rising food insecurity, especially in Niger and Chad is, therefore, likely in 2010, as discussed below.
In Nigeria, most States in the far northern part of the country witnessed an unfavourable pattern of rainfall.
Period covered by this Ops Update: 6 August - 7 October 2009.
Appeal target (current): CHF 918,517 (USD 896,114 or EUR 605,283)
Appeal coverage: 91%;
- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 6 August 2009 for CHF 918,517 for 9 months to assist 25,000 beneficiaries.
- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 200,000 was allocated from the Federation's DREF to support this Appeal and related action.
The Federation's West and Central Africa Sub-zone (WCAZ) priorities are guided by the following strategic initiatives intended to support the development and work of National Societies: the Global Agenda Goals and the Framework for Action, Strategy 2010, the African Red Cross and Red Crescent Health Initiative (ARCHI) 2010 and decisions coming out from Pan African Conferences such as the Algiers Plan of Action and the Johannesburg Commitment.
Working within these initiatives, the West and Central Africa sub-zone immediate focus is to support National Societies …
- The outlook for the 2009 - 10 harvest
in the eastern basin is average, but several areas affected by adverse
weather are likely to exhibit deficits.
- In the short run, the harvest will lead to a decline in prices, but these will probably stay at above"average levels into 2010.
- Commercial and public stocks are still relatively low in Nigeria, Chad, and Niger and buying is expected to continue.
- Poor households accessing food through markets will remain exposed to food insecurity.
KANO, 16 September 2009 (IRIN) - Floods in northern Nigeria's Adamawa state have left over 2,000 people displaced, many of them with no access to clean drinking water, leaving officials worried about a potential cholera outbreak.
Five districts - Fufore, Demsa, Yola North, Yola South and Numan - were flooded in August and early September, when the River Lagdo burst its banks, according to the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Demsa and Fufore districts, along with nearby Maiha, were hit with a cholera outbreak in August and September; the illness killed 70 people out of …
DAKAR, 11 September 2009 (IRIN) - The 2009 rainy season in West Africa, with several weeks to go, has caused extensive flooding, affecting hundreds of thousands of people and killing 160, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. LINK Here is a synopsis of flood impact and responses in several West African countries.
In Burkina Faso at least 100,000 people are currently displaced, over 40,000 of them sheltering at 88 sites - mostly schools - in the capital Ouagadougou and the rest living with friends and relatives, according to the …
Dakar, 9 September 2009. The heavy rains that have been lashing West and Central Africa since the month of June have caused serious flooding in many countries in the region.
(Dakar, 8 septembre 2009) Près de 600 000 personnes sont affectées par les inondations suite aux fortes pluies qui s'abattent depuis le mois de juin en Afrique de l'Ouest. Ces pluies diluviennes ont causé la mort de 159 personnes, notamment en Sierra Leone. Le Sénégal, le Burkina Faso, le Ghana, le Niger et la Sierra Leone figurent parmi les pays les plus touchés.
De la Mauritanie au Nigéria, les dégâts se chiffrent également en termes de destruction de biens privés, de propriétés, bâtiments et d'infrastructures socio-économiques importantes telles que les routes.
(Dakar, New York, 8 September 2009) Some 600,000 people have been affected by flooding as a result of heavy rains that have hit West Africa since June. These torrential have led to the death of 159 people, notably in Sierra Leone. Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Sierra Leone are among the most affected countries.
From Mauritania to Nigeria, damages also include destruction of private and public properties, buildings and socio-economic infrastructures such as roads.
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has disclosed that more Nigerians are continued to be displaced by floods due to torrential rainfalls and blockages of waterways in various communities at rural and urban areas of the country.
The flooding this year from reports so far received from the six zonal coordinators spread in each geopolitical zone have affected at least 100,000 people who were either displaced or have their mean of livelihood destroyed like farms products.
...Cases of Spread and Death recorded in Adamawa State
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has alerted state governments, especially in the Northern part of the country to take proactive measures against the spread of Cholera Epidemic which has so far claimed lives in Adamawa State.
The Director General of NEMA, AVM Mohammed Audu-Bida (rtd) raised the alert after receiving reports of death from the disease from the North-East Coordinator of NEMA, Mr. Aliyu Sambo in his office.
ABUJA, 7 August 2009 (IRIN) - Disaster risk reduction experts welcome a scheme proposed by Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to extend insurance to vendors who lose their assets in floods and fires in the country's north-central Kaduna state, but said such initiatives need to be accessible to low-income Nigerians.
NEMA helped set up the scheme - the first of its kind in West Africa - out of frustration at the limitations of short-term government aid for people whose livelihoods were destroyed by fires or floods, said NEMA director-general Mohammed …