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Flooding Affects Over 600,000 People In Chad

Flooding in the central African state is common; however, unprecedented rainfall has led to destruction of livelihoods and properties.

Flooding has affected 622,550 people across 16 provinces of the Republic of Chad, including the Capital N’Djamena, according to an assessment by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

According to the report, as of September 12, the worst hit areas were Tandjilé, affecting 166,258 people and Logone Occidental, where 147,129 were affected. 82,608 people were affected in Mandoul and 77,357 in Sil. 

Some flooding is usually expected during the rainy season. But this year unprecedented floods have caused damages and loss of livelihoods across the central African state. 

A senior official at the state weather agency, Idriss Abdallah Hassan, told Reuters in a report earlier this month that the country has not recorded such a quantity of rainwater since 1990.


The World Food Programme September 16, tweeted that the flood comes against the backdrop of a food crisis in the country, with more that 2.1 million people severely food insecure.  

The aid organisation is providing food assistance to flood-affected women, men and children. It has so far reached 30,000 people.

“In total, more than 80,000 people, i.e. nearly 14,000 households, were assisted by humanitarian actors with food supplies, essential household items, and cholera medicines and support for health centers of affected areas ” UN OCHA said in the report.


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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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