Benin: Wild Fires - Jan 2013
On 6 January, a fire outbreak in the village of Alloya destroyed hundreds of houses and displaced almost 3,000 people. Dusty hot winds from the Sahara Desert continue to worsen the situation. (IFRC, 19 Jan 2013)
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Data were collected for the Benin Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) in February and March 2013. The analysis was based on two surveys – a household-level survey of 15,000 households and a key informants survey of 750 villages. Results are reliable at national, department and commune levels and they are indicative of the situation in the pre-lean season period. Nationally, 1,1 million people were found to be food insecure (representing 11% of all households). A third of households (34%) were classified as being marginally food secure.
Summary: CHF 139,315 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 19 January, 2013 to support the national society in delivering assistance to some 2,759 beneficiaries in the affected area of Alloya in the arrondissement (district) of Chee-Ahomadegbe, municipality of Lalo in Couffo department southwest of Benin.
On 6 January, a fire broke out in the village of Alloya, resulting in in the destruction of hundreds of houses and displacement of almost 3,000 people, leaving the affected families in a very vulnerable situation without any shelter.
Summary: On 6 January, a fire broke out in the village of Alloya, resulting in in the destruction of hundreds of houses and displacing almost 3,000 people, leaving the affected families in a very vulnerable situation without any shelter.
CHF 139,315 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Benin Red Cross National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 2,759 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Summary: Current dry and hot weather conditions in Benin are considerably increasing the risk for fires. Dusty hot winds from Sahara desert contributes to worsen the situation, spreading easily any fire outbreak to cause widespread destruction.