West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (11 – 18 November 2019)
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.
OVER 200,000 AFFECTED BY FLOODS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Heavy downpour triggered flooding across several provinces of Chad, affecting over 211,000 people including some 80,600 in the south-western Mayo-Kebbi Est province alone. Torrential rains and flooding caused extensive damage to homes and property and led to loss of life. Mayo-Kebbi Est, which borders Cameroon, is already impacted by an ongoing cholera epidemic. The authorities and humanitarian organizations are carrying out assessments to determine the extent of needs. Food, water, shelter, sanitation and household items are the priority needs of the affected people.
MORE THAN 143,000 CONGOLESE RETURN FROM ANGOLA
Authorities report that over 143,000 Congolese have been expelled or have voluntarily returned from Angola to DRC since January. A total of 363,000 have returned since the first movements started in October 2018. On 23 August, UNHCR and the Governments of Angola and DRC signed a tripartite agreement on voluntary returns.
FLOODS DISPLACE 18,000 PEOPLE IN ITURI
Since the end of October, heavy rains caused flooding in Isangi territory, eastern Ituri province, affecting 45 villages and forcing 18,000 people to flee inundated areas. No humanitarian response has been provided yet and those affected are in dire need of shelter, household items, water and healthcare.
INSECURITY PERSISTS IN TILLABERI REGION
On 11 November, a traditional chief was kidnapped and killed by armed assailants in Boni Kado village, in western Tillaberi region. The unidentified armed men also ordered the population to abandon their village. Since April 2019, at least three traditional chiefs and four Tuareg leaders have been killed in the region. On 10 November, a private vehicle was hijacked in Deykoukou. Car jackings have become a trend in the region and have compromised humanitarian access. 17 vehicles have been taken by armed groups since May 2019, eight of which belong to humanitarian organizations.
100,000 STRANDED DUE TO FLOODING IN RANN
Up to 100,000 internally displaced people in the town of Rann, Borno State, may have little or no access to food following heavy flooding of the River Kaalia in neighboring Cameroon. The flood damaged an estimated 4,000 hectares of farmland, the main source of food for displaced communities in Rann. Access to the flood affected areas remains difficult but humanitarian actors are mobilizing resources to reach the affected populations.