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CAFOD: Responding to Africa's severe flooding

CAFOD has pledged =A360,000 for partners working to help those forced from their homes by severe flooding across several African countries

CAFOD is taking part in rapid assessment with partners in Africa following severe rains which has left many homeless, and has already allocated an initial =A360,000 for partners working on immediate relief and recovery needs

Severe rains have left large parts of Africa badly flooded, driving more than 1.5 million people from their homes.

Roads washed away

The scale of the flooding is immense affecting Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Togo and Ghana.

Flooding has damaged thousands of acres of staple crops such as maize, groundnut and cassava, and key roads used to deliver humanitarian aid to vulnerable communities have been washed away.

CAFOD with its partners are currently assessing how best to help those affected.

The Teso region in Uganda is the worst affected, and Fr Mubiru, based there as director of CAFOD partner SOCADIDO (Soroti Catholic Diocesan Development Organisation), says: "There is no shelter; water sources are contaminated and diseases are spreading. Food is rotting in the fields.

"There will be no harvest this season, meaning no seeds for next season. This is the time when people would be planting, but people can't plant so there will be no food next season either.

"What we need most urgently now is tarpaulin for shelter, mosquito nets, medicines, and basic supplies like; blankets, soap and water purifying tablets.

"We are already responding to the needs of our people but need to continue to act fast."

Fergus Conmee, CAFOD's regional programme manager for East Africa, is based in Nairobi, and comments: "Floods have hit the most vulnerable people the hardest - people who are already barely surviving because of food shortages before the floods.

"CAFOD is extremely concerned about the shortage of food, shelter and clean water for people who have been cut off by the waters and are unable to reach relief camps.

For more information please contact Nana Anto-Awuakye: 020 7095-5560 / 07799 477 541, or email nantoawuakye@cafod.org.uk

In Nairobi please contact: Bridget Burrows on +00 254 (0) 733 389895 / +00 254 (0) 20 3871548 or email bburrows@cafod.org.uk

Please give to CAFOD's Emergency Response Fund. Whatever you can afford really will make a difference to thousands of people. Or please call 0500 85 88 85