Niger: Floods - Aug 2019Ongoing
Rainfall since June has provoked flooding in several localities, killing 42 people. The number of victims has dramatically increased during the last week of August, when the waters of the Niger basin have reached the flood stage. According to the authorities, the floods so far have destroyed 5,497 homes and affected the lives of 66,464 people. The National Forecast Agency estimates that the waters will continue rising over the next days due to heavy rains in the Niger basin and the overload of dams in Burkina Faso and Mali. (OCHA, 3 Sep 2019)
Together with UNICEF and Niger’s General Directorate of Civil Protection (DGPC), IOM this week has distributed over 500 non-food item (NFI) kits, including 250 tarpaulins, to households affected by floods in Dosso (285), Tillabéri (77) and Maradi (150). This assistance followed requests from the Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management (MAHGC) in Niger, the Shelter and NFI Working Group urgently convened and assessed the risk levels, needs and costs, and responded quickly and appropriately. (IOM, 13 Sep 2019)
In Niger, the number of deaths has increased to 57, while more than 132,000 people have been affected since the beginning of rain season. Zinder, Maradi regions (south) and Niamey Capital City are the hardest hit areas, where at least 12,200 houses have been destroyed, according to media reports. (ECHO, 13 Sep 2019)
Most read reports
- ECHO: Niger, Nigeria, Chad - Floods (UN OCHA, IOM, FloodList, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 13 September 2019). 13 Sep 2019
- IOM: Humanitarian Assistance Provided to Vulnerable Communities Affected by Floods in Niger . 13 Sep 2019
- UNOSAT: Preliminary satellite derived flood assessment in Niamey, Maradi & Agadez Regions, Niger, 9 September 2019. 10 Sep 2019
- OCHA: West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (27 August – 2 September 2019). 4 Sep 2019
- ECHO: Niger - Heavy rains and floods (DG ECHO, DGPC) (ECHO Daily Flash of 05 September 2019). 5 Sep 2019
Recent floods have been reported across Niger, Nigeria and Chad, resulting in deaths and widespread damage. In Niger, the number of deaths has increased to 57, while more than 132,000 people have been affected since the beginning of rain season.
Niamey – Every summer the West African nation of Niger endures torrential rains which can destroy hundreds of households and trigger cholera outbreaks, often leading to major human and material losses across the country.
This year, in fact, more than 200,000 people are at risk of being displaced during the rainy season due to overflowing rivers and landslides. Close to 50,000 of these potential victims reside in Dosso, 45,000 in Niger’s capital city, Niamey, and 38,000 more in Maradi.
Heavy rain and the recent overflow of Niger River have caused considerable suffering, death and damage in Niger.
As of 2 September, 66,434 people have been affected mainly in the regions of Maradi, Zinder, Agadez, Dosso and Niamey. As the country is in the midst of the lean season, food stocks have been destroyed, agricultural lands flooded and cattle lost. 42 people have already lost their lives due to the intensity of the floods. Houses, schools and shops have been destroyed.
FLOODS HIT THE NORTH
I- APERCU DE L’ENVIRONNEMENT SECURITAIRE ET DE PROTECTION
About 70,000 people are displaced in Diffa, Tillabery, Maradi and Tahoua since January 2019 More than 150 civilians killed and about 100 people kidnapped as consequence of the upsurge of armed attacks in 2019.
170,000 people will be at risk of flooding during the rainy season
Urgent humanitarian needs estimated for 79 million USD, including 9 million USD required to ensure the rapid response mechanism
170,000 people at risk of flooding this year
Près de 70 000 personnes se sont déplacées dans les régions de Diffa, Tillabéry, Maradi et Tahoua depuis janvier 2019
Plus de 150 civils tués et une centaine de personnes enlevées depuis Janvier 2019. suite à la recrudescences des attaques armés
170 000 personnes seront exposées aux risques d’inondations pendant la saison des pluies
- Plus de 110,000 personnes se sont déplacées dans les régions de Diffa, Tillabéri et Tahoua depuis janvier 2019 - Plus de 150 civiles ont perdu la vie depuis Janvier 2019 suite à la recrudescences des attaques armés - 170,000 personnes seront exposées aux risques d’inondations pendant la saison des pluies - Estimés à 79 millions USD les besoins humanitaires urgents, dont 9 millions requis pour garantir le déroulement du mécanisme de réponse rapide aux nouvelles émergences
Des zones en Crise (Phase 3 de l’IPC) persistante dans l’extrême Sud-Est et Nord-Ouest du pays
• Les crises sécuritaires dans la sous-région continuent de détériorer les conditions d’accès alimentaire et des moyens d’existence dans les régions de Diffa et Tillabéry où les ménages résidents pauvres et les populations déplacées sont soumis à une insécurité alimentaire en Crise (Phase 3 de l’IPC) qui devrait persister dans les mois à venir.