Mauritania: Floods - Aug 2019Ongoing
From 26 to 27 August 2019, Guidimakha Wilaya (Region), located in southeast Mauritania, witnessed torrential rains exceeding the 200 mm mark in the regional capital city of Sélibaby and which approached 300 mm in other areas of the region. These torrential rains caused heavy human and material damages in all three districts of the Wilaya namely Sélibaby, Ould Yenja and Ghabou. In Sélibaby city, important damages were noted on houses, road market, water-supply infrastructure, and general infrastructure. Households' food stocks were washed away, etc. Ten 10 over the 23 districts of Sélibaby region were affected by the floods at varying degrees. According to the latest information, a total of 4,200 households were affected including 850 homeless households. Census and assessment commissions have been set up by administrative authorities in the 3 departments of the region. Mauritania Red Crescent (MRC)’s volunteers have actively participated in this departmental assessment especially in the city of Sélibaby. Volunteers in this locality estimated that 1,200 households have been affected by the floods in the city. (IFRC, 19 Sep 2019)
Most read reports
- IFRC: Mauritania: Floods in Guidimakha - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) Operation n° MDRMR010. 19 Sep 2019
- FEWS NET: Global Weather Hazards Summary: September 20 - 26, 2019. 19 Sep 2019
- ECHO: Mauritania - Flood (NOAA-CPC, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 29 August 2019). 29 Aug 2019
A. Situation Analysis
Description of the disaster
Africa Weather Hazards
A poor start to seasonal rainfall has caused abnormal dryness in parts of Mauritania.
Heavy rainfall over the past several weeks has triggered flooding in Senegal, Guinea-Conakry, Sierra Leone, and Mali. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue.
Several regions in Sudan, including the Khartoum, Sennar,
White Nile, River Nile, West and North Kordofan, and the Darfur State experienced flooding during the past weeks.
More rainfall is expected in the region next week.
Significant flooding triggered by heavy rainfall has affected southern and eastern Mauritania.
According to media reports, 3 people died in Guidimaka Region, and severe damage was sustained to houses and infrastructure. Several areas of Sélibaby City (Guidimaka Region) are still underwater, while a bridge that connects Sélibaby to the western part of the country has been damaged.
There is now a risk of outbreak of waterborne diseases in the areas affected by the flooding.
Heavy to very heavy rain is forecast over southern Mauritania over 29-30 August.