Mali: Floods - Jun 2017

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More than 7,000 people have been affected by the floods since the beginning of the rainy season this year in Mali, mostly in the north. Many victims have seen their houses destroyed or damaged. In addition, the provisional flood report is particularly burdensome for pastoralist communities with more than 26,000 livestock lost to date. The most affected region is Timbuktu, which alone accounts for more than two thirds of the victims and almost all the losses of livestock recorded.
The authorities, with the support of United Nations humanitarian partners and NGOs, have begun providing disaster relief to meet identified needs for food, basic necessities, shelter kits, purifying products, water, health and nutrition, among others. Humanitarian partners also supported the destruction of the carcasses of dead animals to avoid water contamination and also to assess needs and support livestock replenishment, where appropriate. Nonetheless, the response has been slowed down in some areas due to insecurity. (OCHA, 31 Jul 2017)

As of 14 August, OCHA reported that there were 400 destroyed and 300 damaged houses. (OCHA, 14 Aug 2017)

On 24 August, the United Nations Police (UNPOL) in Gao officially handed over 6 water pumps to Gao's civil protection officers. The largest water pump is capable of delivering 550 liters of water per minute. All these motor pumps will, therefore, be useful to cope with flooding. (MINUSMA, 24 Aug 2017)

More than 11,000 people have been affected by floods since the beginning of the rainy season in June, primarily in the north. As of 27 September, 3 deaths have been reported (Segou region), more than 1,200 houses destroyed and over 500 damaged. Pastoral communities have been particularly affected, with 26,000 animals lost—an extreme increase from 1,352 in 2016. The Timbuktu region has suffered the greatest impact, with two thirds of the overall number of affected people and almost all of the lost animals. (OCHA, 18 OctSep 2017)

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