OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Chad - Floods
11 September 2001
This report is based on information provided by the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office in N'Djamena, Chad.
1. Torrential rains in the past weeks provoked flooding after major rivers Logone (South), Chari (Center-West) and Batha (Center-East) burst their banks. In total, 129,500 people were affected by floods and 100 persons are reported dead or missing.
2. Most adversely affected areas are the southern regions of Tandjilé, Logone Occidental, and Logone Oriental, the western region of Banguirmi and the eastern region of Ouaddai (Dar Sila district).
3. About 10,500 houses are reported to be damaged and several thousand of domestic animals missing.
4. Because of the floods, the famine situation which was already prevailing in Chad due to the drought, has worsened particularly in the above mentioned regions and calls for a significant emergency humanitarian intervention.
No request for international assistance
5. So far, the Government did not officially appeal for international assistance.
National and international Response
6. The Government expressed its willingness to provide emergency assistance to the populations affected by the disaster. In order to identify immediate needs of vulnerable groups, it has decided to carry out further investigation in the regions affected by the floods, in collaboration with the UN partners.
7. In that sense, the Permanent Secretary of the national commission for assistance to disaster affected populations (CONASI) and the Permanent Secretary of the national crisis management committee (CASAGC) are working together and should soon compile detailed information relevant to the Government and partners' response to the crisis.
8. The Minister of Agriculture of Chad held a meeting on 7 September to inform donors and the United Nations representatives of the current flood situation. Eight Ministers attended together with representatives of the French Cooperation, the European Union, the United States Embassy and UN agencies.
9. The Minister of Foreign Affairs should soon convene a meeting in the forthcoming week with the Donors Community for further briefing on the situation and possible call for assistance. The Government requested that all partners (Diplomatic missions, UN agencies, International organisations, Bilateral organisations, NGOs...) should report to their headquarters on the prevailing disaster.
10. OCHA is prepared to serve as channel for cash contributions to be used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination/consultation with relevant organizations in the United Nations system.
11. OCHA is in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Chad and will revert with further information, as it becomes available.
12. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int
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