Cameroon/Chad: Floods - Oct 2019Ongoing
On 1 October, the Logone River overflowed, flooding a valley in Zina district, located within Logone-et-Chari department of Far North region. According to one source, flooding restricted access to several villages within the valley, although the exact name or number of villages is not confirmed. Populations within the commune of Zina have been forced to leave villages, although the scale of displacement from the floods is not clear. The flooding impacts will likely be aggravated by the ongoing conflict in the region, high levels of food insecurity, and the degree of poverty in Far North, one of the poorest regions of Cameroon. The floods are expected to have the greatest impact on poor households and people who have been displaced, both by the current floods and from previous displacements; Far North region has over 480,000 IDPs, returnees, and refugees. (ACAPS, 11 Oct 2019)
Since 28 September, the rainy season in Cameroon has caused mass flooding in the departments Logone-et-Chari and Mayo-Dany, Far North region. Across 3 cities, approximately 50,000 people have been evacuated, including 20,000 who have lost their homes. Crops and public infrastructure, such as roads and WASH facilities, have all been affected. Access is constrained as responders must rely on boats to reach communities in need. A number of health centers are no longer functional and over 40 schools have been closed. Short-term needs are the provision of shelter, health care, hygiene, and clean drinking water. The damage to crops from the floods is expected to have a longer term impact on the harvests, which may lead to further food insecurity in the region. (ACAPS, 23 Oct 2019)
Media report approximately 100,000 people affected across the transborder region of Southwestern Chad and Northeastern Cameroon, following the overflow of the Logone River and Lake Maga. Houses have been destroyed, roads flooded and bridges damaged. (ECHO, 24 Oct 2019)
A total of 25,582 persons have been affected (3,402 households) in 4 sub-divisions. Therefore, based on the analysis made in the region in view of the various other projects in the pipeline, 52 per cent of the affected population are women while the remaining 48 per cent are men. (IFRC, 24 Oct 2019)
Most read reports
- UNHCR: UNHCR Cameroon Factsheet - October 2019. 19 Nov 2019
- OCHA: West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (11 – 18 November 2019). 19 Nov 2019
- IOM: Nigeria: Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Emergency Tracking Tool (ETT) Report: No. 144 (4 - 10 November 2019). 19 Nov 2019
- OCHA: Afrique de l’ouest et du centre: Aperçu humanitaire hebdomadair (12 – 18 novembre). 19 Nov 2019
- VOA: Floods in Cameroon Claim 13, Render Hundreds Homeless. 29 Oct 2019
LES ATTAQUES CONTRE LES ÉCOLES PERSISTENT DANS LES RÉGIONS DE L’OUEST
SCHOOL ATTACKS PERSIST IN WESTERN REGIONS
On 9 November, a group of armed men kidnapped ten students for ransom from a College in Bambili, North West region, and killed one of them. On 7 November, unidentified gunmen abducted a lecturer of the University of Bamenda, also in the North West region. On 6 November, a group of armed men attacked a High School in Bokova in Buea, South West region, but security forces intervened, and no casualty was reported.
Cameroon currently has 1,575,403 people of concern, including 271,960 Central African and 106,761 Nigerian refugees.
As of 30 October, 891 Central African Refugees living in Cameroon returned home in a voluntary repatriation facilitated by the governments of Cameroon, CAR and UNHCR, out of 4000 planned for 2019.
Municipalities hosting large numbers of refugees and UNHCR have begun strengthening their collaboration in working towards the common good of refugees and host communities.
WORKING WITH PARTNERS
Ce rapport a été produit par OCHA en collaboration avec les partenaires humanitaires. Il a été publié par le Sous-bureau OCHA de Maroua et couvre la période du 16 Octobre au 12 Novembre 2019.
Dans les localités de Zina (Logone-et-Chari), Kaï-Kaï et Maga (Mayo Danay), les chiffres de personnes affectées n’ont véritablement pas évolué depuis la dernier Sitep. Le nombre de 40.000 personnes directement affectées reste donc valable bien que le risque de nouvelles inondations ne soit pas à écarter.
During the period of 28 October – 3 November 2019, a total of 13,976 movements were recorded, which were composed of 4,238 arrivals and 9,738 departures.
The impact of successive storms, cyclones and heavy rains has been severe in 2019, and in the wake of heavy flooding, WHO is upping disease surveillance actions and providing critical supplies to hard-hit populations across Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
Well over a million people have been affected in some of the worst-hit countries of Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
Poursuite du rapatriement des réfugiés centrafricains en provenance de la République du Cameroun
UN GLISSEMENT DE TERRAIN TUE 34 PERSONNES DANS LA RÉGION DE L’OUEST
Au moins 34 personnes ont été tuées le 28 octobre dans un glissement de terrain causé par des pluies torrentielles qui a enseveli leurs maisons dans le village de Bamoungoum, dans la région ouest du pays. Plusieurs personnes sont toujours portées disparues. Le bilan humain pourrait s’alourdir alors que les opérations de recherche et de sauvetage se poursuivent. Des dizaines de blessés ont été sauvés des décombres.
LANDSLIDE KILLS 34 IN WEST REGION
At least 34 people were killed on 28 October after a landslide caused by torrential rains buried their houses in Bamoungoum village in the country’s West region. Several people are still reported missing. There are fears the death toll could rise as search and rescue continues.
Dozens of injured people have been rescued from the rubble.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
FLOODS AFFECT THOUSANDS, DESTROY PROPERTY
Background and the Red Cross and Red Crescent action
While some countries in Africa are experiencing drought, others are facing devastating floods. The scale and scope of disaster risk, underlying vulnerabilities and complex socio-political and economic factors are unparalleled. Climate change and environmental degradation are exacerbating risk many times over. Recent forecasts suggest the flooding will continue to worsen over the coming weeks, likely to impact over one million people before this crisis is over.
Productions agricoles en baisse pour la troisième saison consécutive dans le Nord-Ouest et le Sud-Ouest
La déclaration suivante a été communiquée, aujourd’hui, par le Porte-parole de M. António Guterres, Secrétaire général de l’ONU:
Le Secrétaire général a été attristé d’apprendre le décès d’au moins 43 personnes à la suite d’un glissement de terrain survenu dans la ville de Bafoussam, dans l’ouest du Cameroun, plus tôt cette semaine.
Il exprime ses sincères condoléances aux familles des victimes et affirme la disponibilité de l’ONU à contribuer aux efforts en cours afin de répondre aux besoins des populations affectées.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General was saddened by the death of at least 43 people following a landslide in the city of Bafoussam, in Western Cameroon, earlier this week.
He expresses his deep condolences to the families of the victims and affirms the readiness of the United Nations to contribute to ongoing efforts to address the needs of the affected population.
For information media. Not an official record.
Les bonnes pluies améliorent la situation alimentaire dans les zones agro-pastorales
Heavy rainfall triggers flooding in parts of Central and East Africa
Heavy rainfall was reported in northern Ghana and bordering areas of Burkina Faso.
The Ubangui River has triggered flooding along the river basin into northern and western Democratic Republic of Congo last week.
Flooding will continue this week due to saturated ground conditions and continued rainfall in the Afar region of Ethiopia, eastern South Sudan, and the border of Ethiopia and Sudan.
- The rainy season has brough heavy rain to Cameroon, which triggered a massive landslide on 28 October in Bafoussam City (West Region), causing casualties and damage.
- Media report 42 fatalities, dozens missing, at least 13 houses submerged and several severely damaged. Search and rescue operations are ongoing.
- More heavy rain is forecast in central-southern regions in the coming days and moderate rain in central-northern regions.
By Moki Edwin Kindzeka
October 29, 2019 12:10 PM
BAFOUSSAM, CAMEROON - Authorities in Cameroon have deployed soldiers and rescue workers after a torrential downpour caused a landslide that killed at least 34 people overnight near the western town of Bafoussam. Rescue workers spent Tuesday searching through the wreckage of destroyed homes.
Heavy rains Tuesday in a neighborhood called Carrefour Ngouache have not stopped rescue workers from digging through mounds of mud and debris.
15.8 million total population (more than half of them under 18)
4.3 million people affected by humanitarian crises and in need of assistance
46.7 per cent percentage of the population living below the poverty line
53.2 years average life expectancy
2.1 million people without access to primary healthcare
3.3 million food insecure people
952,000 malnourished children
This update covers the period July-September 2019 and provides an overview of regional and country trends as well as of programming and advocacy work undertaken by UNHCR Operations in the field of Mixed Movements. It includes contributions from: RRWA; Burkina Faso; Chad; Mali; Niger and Nigeria.