DR Congo + 4 more

West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (16 - 22 May 2017)

Attachments

BURKINA FASO

FLOODS AFFECT OVER 5,000

Floods and violent winds have killed three people, injured 18 others and destroyed more than 750 houses across the country since the start of May. Overall, 5,129 people have been affected in several localities in the country’s East and South-Western regions. The National Emergency Response Council has provided food and basic household items to the affected families.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

VIOLENCE NEARLY EMPTIES BRIA TOWN OF ITS POPULATION

Following clashes that erupted in the central Bria town from 15 May, 41,409 people have been displaced - nearly the town’s entire population of 47,500 people. A site near the MINUSCA peacekeepers base hosts 23,552 people. A new location is being prepared to accommodate the large number of displaced people. Water, hygiene and sanitation services as well as shelter and food are the main needs. Aid organisations have begun delivering assistance. The humanitarian coordinator is calling for better security for humanitarian convoys, stocks and staff in Bria.

DR CONGO

CAR FIGHTING DRIVES 2,750 PEOPLE INTO DR CONGO

Violence in the Central African Republic’s south-eastern Bangassou town has forced 2,750 people to seek refuge in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to UNHCR and the Congolese authorities, they arrived on 13 and 14 May in localities in DRC’s northern Nord-Ubangi and Bas-Uélé provinces. In Ndu area in Bas-Uélé, they are staying with host families and in schools while in in Nord-Ubangi’s Yakoma locality, some are staying in public buildings. Ndu is not affected by the Ebola ep epidemic declared on 11 May in Bas-Uélé.

DR CONGO

34 CASES, FOUR DEATHS IN EBOLA OUTBREAK

Two suspected Ebola infections and one death were reported on 19 May in two health districts in Likati area in the northern BasUélé province where an outbreak was declared on 11 May. The latest incidents bring to 34 cases and four deaths since 22 April when the disease was first reported. The Government has established a highlevel crisis management team led by the Minister of Public Health, and working in close collaboration with technical partners, aid agencies and the UN to coordinate response to the outbreak.

GHANA

ARMY WORMS DESTROY 1.4 MILLION HECTARES OF CROP

Army worms have ravaged around 1.4 million hectares of maize and cowpea plantations in six regions (Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Central, Western, Eastern and the Northern). In Ashanti, some 6,400 hectares of cocoa farms have also been affected. Although the infestations occur every year, experts say that this year’s outbreak is unprecedented and have urged quick action to curb further destruction as food security and livelihoods of several households is threatened. Officials from the National Disaster Management Organisation have begun distributing pesticides and a national taskforce has been set up to oversee the control of the infestation.

MALI

SEIZED AID WORKERS FREED

Unidentified gunmen on 15 May freed four Malian ICRC workers they kidnapped the previous day in Tenekou area in the central Mopti region. No ransom was paid. The four had been on a field assessment mission when they were seized. In April 2016, three Red Cross workers were taken hostage by a militant group in Mali’s north-eastern, but were released days later.

Disclaimer

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.