Gambia: Floods - Sep 2012
Floods and windstorms affected nearly 34,000 people in The Gambia during the rainy season between September and October 2012. Almost 20% of the affected population were displaced (7,745 people) while 13 people were reported to have died either through drowning or by collapsed structures. With the end of rainy season, no additional communities were affected by flooding, and as floods receded in November, most people were working to rebuild their homes and move back. (UNICEF, 30 Nov 2012)
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NEEDS REMAIN HIGH
Food security and nutrition in the Sahel have improved somewhat since the acute crisis in 2012, following better rains and harvests. However, the effects of the recent crisis are not so quickly erased.
As of 4th October, the total population affected by floods and windstorms stands at nearly 34,018, of which 7,007 are children under five years. Almost 20% of the affected households were displaced (7,745 people) while 13 people were reported dead.
Food assistance, shelter and support to WASH continue to be among the immediate needs of the affected population.
Cluster Strategic Indicators: Food assistance - Period: September 2012 - WFP Sahel response
Sector Performance Indicators: Agriculture - Period: January - September 2012 - FAO Sahel response
Cluster Strategic Indicators: Nutrition - Period: January - September 2012
Cluster Strategic Indicators: WASH - Period: January - September 2012
Nutrition Crisis More than 576,000 (out of 1.1 million target of estimated SAM caseload) have already been reached with therapeutic care for treatment of SAM. Even though the lean season is now over, and the worse of the crisis has been weathered due to the emergency response and government action, the impact on vulnerable households remains a key concern.
As of 09 September, nearly 23,000 people were affected by floods and windstorms. Almost 20% of the affected population were displaced (3,857 people) while 10 people were reported to have died. Moreover, the number of people affected is likely to increase, particularly in Banjul and Kanifing municipalities, due to heavy rains in the last week of September.
The key needs include: scaling up of WASH and C4D activities, strengthening health sector disease surveillance system, and providing assistance with food and non-food items.