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In DR Congo, since mid-December 2016, fall armyworms have destroyed thousands of hectares of maize and rice crops in the southeastern provinces Haut-Katanga, Haut-Lomami, Lualaba, Tanganyika and Sud Kivu (OCHA 15/02/2017). 63,000 hectares have been destroyed, which represents over 80% of maize…
Affected countries: Benin
An initial three cholera cases were reported in So-Ava and an outbreak was declared on 16 August by local government authorities. Reported and verified cases were few in the early weeks and considered manageable by local authorities, but a sharp and heightened spike in the number of confirmed cases…
Affected countries: Benin, Nigeria, Togo
As of 23 January, 82 people were reported to have died of Lassa fever in Nigeria. Of the total, 34 have already been confirmed to be due to the viral haemorrhagic fever, according to Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control. The disease, which first broke out in November, has spread to 10 states…
In March 2014, a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever started in Guinea. The outbreak subsequently spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal, and Mali. 1 Aug 2014: WHO and the government of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia launched a joint US$ 100 million response plan. 8…
Affected countries: Benin
Since August 2013 a cholera epidemic has been on-going in Benin. The epidemic was declared in the Sô-Ava municipality in the department of the Atlantic in the south of Benin in September, and as of 2 Oct, a total of 129 confirmed cases were reported in the municipality. Since then, cases have been…
Affected countries: Benin
Heavy rains during the third quarter of 2013 led to the River Niger overflowing its banks, which caused flooding in the Malanville and Karimama districts north of Benin. The flash flood destroyed more than 3,000 houses and affected 13,000 hectares of farmland, leaving more than 10,000 people…
Affected countries: Benin
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)
Affected countries: Benin
On 23 Oct 2012, the municipality of Comé (Department of Mono) in the south west of Benin reported the first confirmed cases of cholera. Shortly after, the local authorities issued an official declaration of the outbreak. A total of 65 cases were reported throughout November 2012. Through the joint…
Affected countries: Benin
The Niger River burst its banks in September 2012 on a distance of at least one kilometer destroying almost everything in its path and causing massive damage. North Benin's municipalities of Karimama and Malanville were most affected. Approximately 3,000 houses were destroyed, forcing more than…
Affected countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger
A meningitis outbreak affected several countries in West and Central Africa in the first half of 2012. As of 13 May 2012, a cumulative number of 800 cases and 78 deaths were reported in Benin. In Burkina Faso, a total of 5,558 cases and 590 deaths were reported. In Chad, a total of 3,636 suspected…
Affected countries: Benin
Heavy rains since the first week of July 2011 have resulted in severe flooding of municipalities and communities of Lokossa, Athiémé Bopa and Cotonou Littoral. Reports from local authorities shows that dozens of huts built of black earth collapsed, affecting about 500 households within the…
About a dozen people, including women and children, have been confirmed dead in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, after heavy rain storms this week caused mudslides in some of the most run-down areas of the country's main port. "A number of people are missing and we have recorded significant…
Some 600,000 people were affected by flooding as a result of heavy rains that hit West Africa starting in Jun 2009; 159 people were killed. Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Sierra Leone were among the most affected countries. From Mauritania to Nigeria, damages also include destruction of…
Affected countries: Benin
An estimated 130,000 people in several countries in West Africa were affected by severe flooding following several months of heavy rainfall in 2008. Villages were submerged and homes, crops and infrastructure destroyed. The most affected countries were Togo, Ghana, Niger, Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso…
Affected countries: Benin
Starting in August 2007, West Africa experienced some of its worst floods in 35 years with over 800,000 affected in 15 countries (Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Sierra Leone, Benin and Ghana). The…
Affected countries: Benin