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Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report, Niger - 26 September 2012

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1) Niger is still dealing with the consequences of heavy rains and the exceptional increase of the Niger River water level that led to flooding across the country since the beginning of the rainy season in June. The rainy season will normally end no later than mid-October. More than half a million people have been affected throughout the country with Tillabéri, Dosso and Niamey regions being the hardest-hit. As of 12 September, 24,792 houses have collapsed and a large number of agricultural lands are flooded.

2) Outcomes of the national nutrition survey show the effectiveness of the emergency response to the crisis in Niger. Despite food insecurity affecting a large proportion of the population, the mortality rate among children under five is below the internationally recognized emergency threshold of 1 per 10,000 children per day.

3) As of 9 September, 238,234 under-five children have been admitted to therapeutic feeding centres for severe acute malnutrition (SAM), while another 312,736 have been receiving treatment for moderate acute malnutrition (MAM).

4) As of 9 September, cumulative total of 4223 cholera cases and 92 deaths since the beginning of the year with a case fatality rate of 2.18 percent have been reported. CERF funding of USD 450,000 has been received for cholera activities to contain outbreaks.

5) Due to the armed intervention threat in Mali, the number of officially recorded refugees continues to rise and has now reached a total of 59,429 in refugee camps and other sites close to the Malian border.

6) As of 9 September, 1,771,192 malaria cases and 2007 deaths have been reported since the beginning of the year. From weeks 33 to 36, with the rainy season at its peak, 1127 cases have been reported in one month.

7) The Cure Salée, or "Festival of the Nomads" was organized on 22 September in Ingall. While Tuareg clans gathered at the salt flats and pools near Ingall to refresh their cattle and goat herds to prepare for the trip further south, humanitarian actors organized various activities during this gathering such as vaccination, birth registration and sensitization on protection issues.

8) The elaboration for the 2013 CAP has begun. Reflections on strategic objectives and scenarios are currently on-going. On 8 and 9 October, a CAP workshop will be organized with 90 representatives of all the relevant institutions (government, NGOs, UN) concerned by the exercise.