Uganda + 6 more

Africa floods

Floods across large swathes of east and west Africa have washed away homes, crops and livestock leaving hundreds of thousands in urgent need of food and shelter.

While the flood waters are receding in every country aside from Uganda, many of those who have been affected need longer term support as they have lost this year's harvests and face serious food shortages.

Christian Aid will be supporting the immediate relief efforts and longer term recovery work of its local partners in the areas hit by the floods.

In Uganda, floods have made a bad situation worse

Uganda

400,000 people have been affected and more than 150,000 people have lost their homes in northern and eastern Uganda.

The floods have made a bad situation worse for many people who were already living in camps or who had recently returned to their abandoned homes following years of conflict.

In some cases the camps have also flooded and people have moved in to schools, churches and town halls seeking refuge. With the rains predicted to last until November partners fear that the situation will continue to deteriorate.

Christian Aid have sent an initial £51,000/€73,000 to Church of Uganda TEDDO who will be providing emergency assistance to the worst affected people in the Amuria and Katakwi districts of eastern Uganda. This work will include distributing blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, soap and tarpaulin to 5,000 households.

We will also be sending YWAM (Youth with a Mission) Uganda £35,000/€50,200. This money will provide immediate relief in parts of eastern Uganda, including provision of clean water, food aid and a mobile health clinic to treat those suffering from diseases such as malaria and cholera as a result of the flooding.

Ghana

Flooding has wreaked havoc in northern Ghana. 275,000 people have been affected, most having lost their homes and harvest.

Christian Aid has sent £51,000/€73,000 to the Northern Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana to fund the distribution of food (maize), housing materials to help families rebuild their homes and onion, tomato, cowpea and leafy vegetable seeds so that the farmers can replant their crops for harvests next year.

Christian Aid is also working with other partners in northern Ghana and, if funds are available, will support further recovery work in the region.

Sudan

Seventeen out of Sudan's 25 states have been affected by the floods and more than 250,000 people have lost their homes.

Flooding began in July and Christian Aid is already responding to the situation in northern Upper Nile through an NGO consortium including Christian Aid partner the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) where 10,000 families have been affected, 2,000 of which have lost their homes.

The response includes the distribution of food, plastic sheeting, mosquito nets and buckets and the provision of health, water and sanitation services. The project will also encompass work to help families rebuild their homes, resettle and recover from the floods.

The consortium recognises that resettling families in their old homes will only lead to likely annual displacement with each year of floods so will use the opportunity to engage with government and communities to identify new safer places for the families to live.

Ethiopia

Heavy rains have caused serious, localised flooding across Ethiopia. 183,000 people have been affected and more than 43,000 people have lost their homes.

Christian Aid has long standing partners working in the affected regions and is currently working with them to identify where they are best placed to respond to the emergency. Christian Aid is looking for support in order to fund an emergency response.

Kenya

Flooding in Bundalangi in western Kenya has rendered homeless over a third of the local population. UN agencies are responding to the emergency but Christian Aid is keeping a watching brief in case the situation deteriorates.

Burkina Faso

More than 40,000 people have been affected, with over 7,000 people homeless and vast areas of farmland crops destroyed by flood waters.

The situation threatens an impending food crisis. Christian Aid is planning to send £60,000/€86,000 to ODE to the fund distribution of food aid and help the affected communities recover from the floods and replant crops. A further £30,000/€43,000 will be provided to continue short and longer-term relief efforts.

Partner Reseau Marp and UCEC-Sahel are also currently assessing the immediate needs and Christian Aid may be supporting their relief efforts in the country.

Rwanda

Landslides and flooding have rendered approximately 1,000 people homeless in the Gisenyi region. Local partner the Episcopal Church is assessing whether there is any need for support from Christian Aid.

Niger

More than 32,000 have lost their homes in the north, south and west of the country. Some parts of the east have also been affected, with 3,000 left homeless. The government is responding to the situation and so far is not requesting extra support.