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01 Jun 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

In Burkina Faso, heavy rainfall, which started in June and continued until 23 July 2016 led to widespread flooding across four of the 13 regions in the country. It has been estimated that up to 10,260 people were affected, with ten injures and four deaths reported. Initial response and support were provided by the government that was however, overwhelmed with the continued rains.

20 May 2017 description


  • Above-average harvest gathered in 2016

  • Coarse grain prices seasonally increased in recent months and are above their year-earlier levels

  • Humanitarian assistance continues to be needed mostly for Malian refugees in northern Sahel region

Starting of 2017 rainy season in south

Early but limited rains were registered in the southern part of the country in May allowing land preparation and first plantings to start. Elsewhere, seasonably dry conditions prevail.

03 Feb 2017 description

Chaque année, la Belgique alloue 600 000 euros à la Croix-Rouge pour financer ses interventions lors de « catastrophes silencieuses ». La seule année 2015 a été le théâtre de 346 catastrophes dont (quasiment) personne n’a entendu parler. Pourtant, elles ont causé près de 23 000 décès et affecté environ 100 000 personnes. Le manque de couverture médiatique à ce sujet entraîne une absence de soutien du public.

La Croix-Rouge vole à la rescousse

01 Nov 2016 description

Des productions moyennes attendues dans le pays


  • À la faveur d’une distribution globalement satisfaisante des pluies, les récoltes s’annoncent moyennes à supérieures à la moyenne dans le pays, malgré des pertes localisées de production du fait des poches de sècheresse enregistrées à partir de mi-septembre, des attaques atypiques de chenilles sur les cultures de maïs et les dégâts habituels d’oiseaux granivores.

27 Oct 2016 description


  • Early crop prospects are favourable due to adequate rainfall since beginning of cropping season

  • Coarse grain prices seasonally increased in recent months and slightly above their year-earlier levels

  • Humanitarian assistance continues to be needed mostly for Malian refugees in northern Sahel region

Cereal production forecast to increase in 2016 due to adequate rainfall and continued Government support

27 Oct 2016 description

Harvests are in progress throughout the region and an above-average production is expected


  • From early July until early October, the West Africa region has mostly received average to above-average rains that are well-distributed (Figures 1 and 2); the resulting adequate moisture conditions have met the various crops’ water requirements throughout the growing period.

30 Sep 2016 description
  • Des productions agricoles et pastorales bonnes à très bonnes attendues pour la campagne 2016/2017.

  • Epidémie de fièvre de la vallée du Rift dans la région de Tahoua au Niger.

  • La situation alimentaire est globalement satisfaisante dans la région exception faite des zones de conflits dans le Bassin du Lac Tchad et au nord du Mali.

29 Sep 2016 description

In conformity with the instructions of HM King Mohammed VI and as part of Morocco's active solidarity with the brotherly African countries, Morocco sent Tuesday to flood-hit Burkina Faso its first batch of humanitarian aid.

A plane carrying the first batch of humanitarian aid granted by Morocco, which includes 16 tons of food, medicines and blankets, arrived in Burkina Faso on Tuesday.

28 Sep 2016 description

Sur instructions de SM le Roi Mohammed VI, et dans le cadre de sa solidarité agissante avec les pays frères du continent africain, le Maroc a envoyé mardi au Burkina Faso un premier lot d'une importante aide humanitaire destinée aux populations sinistrées, victimes des inondations.

Ce premier lot, composé de 16 tonnes de denrées alimentaires, de médicaments et de couvertures, entre autres, a été acheminé à bord d’un avion au Burkina Faso.

26 Sep 2016 description

Participants in the regional technical consultation on agricultural and food prospects in the Sahel and West Africa, held from 19 to 21 September 2016, in Lomé, Togo, draw the following conclusions:

1. As part of preparations for the agro-pastoral season, States and their partners provided support to farmers with inputs (seeds, fertilizers, pesticides) and agricultural equipment, even if these efforts have not met the expressed needs.

26 Sep 2016 description

Key Points

  • Relatively well-distributed rainfall in most of the region with above normal in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

  • Normal availability of pastures in the pastoral areas of the region.

  • Increase in the number of food and nutrition insecure people in North East Nigeria, including 65,095 people in phase 5 (famine)

24 Sep 2016 description

Continued adequate moisture conditions raise hopes for average to above-average harvest

Key Messages

  • The Intertropical Front (ITF) started its southward retreat in early September but it remains either at or north of its average position, which could mean a normal to longer growing period.

  • From early July until mid-September, mostly average to above-average rainfall that has been well-distributed over time has fallen throughout most of the region (Figures 1 and 2), which is ensuring good growing conditions.

23 Sep 2016 description
  • Des pluies relativement satisfaisantes sur la majeure partie de la région, avec des excédents au Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria et Sénégal.

  • Bonne disponibilité des pâturages dans les zones pastorales de la région.

  • Augmentation du nombre de personnes en insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle au nord-est du Nigeria, dont 65 096 personnes en phase 5 (situation de famine).

10 Sep 2016 description


09 Sep 2016 description

Flooding risks remain in East and West Africa, while rainfall deficits increase in Ethiopia and Uganda

About Weather Hazards

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04 Sep 2016 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Persistent, above average rainfall since July has led to excessively rainfall surpluses and floods that have damaged infrastructure, displaced populations, and caused fatalities in parts of Sudan, South Sudan, and Ethiopia.
  2. Below-average seasonal rainfall and persistent moisture deficits in the region have negatively impacted developing crops across parts of eastern Oromia and SNNPR in Ethiopia.
  3. There is a potential for increased number of locusts migrating from the Arabian Peninsula which may negatively impact cropping …
27 Aug 2016 description

1. Key points

  • According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$53 million of humanitarian assistance to Burkina Faso since the beginning of 2016.

  • Germany is currently the largest donor to Burkina Faso, contributing 17% of total funding so far in 2016 (US$9.1 million). The three largest donors combined account for 35% of reported funding currently in 2016.