Mali, which is already heavily affected by various crises (food insecurity, security, political tensions, etc.), experienced heavy rainfall starting on 24 August 2019. By 27 August, the previous three consecutive days of rainfall began causing extensive damages in in Koulikoro, Timbuktu, Kidal, Mopti and Ménaka regions of Mali. From the initial assessments conducted by Mali Red Cross Society (MRCS) on 28 August 2019, at least 6,474 people or 1,729 households have been affected by the floods with severe consequences on the livelihoods of families as food stocks have been washed away by the flood water. Some 845 houses are reported to have been destroyed, leaving hundreds of people homeless. They are currently staying in some schools and host families. (IFRC, 9 Sep 2019)
Mali is affected by floods during the rainy season each year, most significantly in several localities in the inner delta of the Niger River, generally from August to October or early November.
So far in 2019, flooding has already affected 78 115 people, 87% of the population at risk. This number has the potential to increase rapidly over days or weeks, with a high probability of heavy rainfall forecast by the end of September. (WHO, 22 Sep 2019)