France Sends Experts As Chad Grapples With Devastating Floods

Crisis relief experts are flying in to help communities displaced by the floods secure clean drinking water and help suppress communicable diseases, the French Embassy said.

France has dispatched a team of experts in humanitarian relief to Chad as the country grapples with its most serious floods in decades.Ā 

Chadian Transitional Military Council (TMC) of General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno requested the help, the French Embassy said.

The French team is composed of experts from the French General Directorate for Civilian Security and Crises Management  (DGSCGC), according to sources at the French embassy in Nā€™Djamena the Chadian capital.

The mission of the team is to reinforce infrastructures, prevent sickness, install portable water points and welcome as well as manage evacuated populations.

These tasks would be accomplished through interaction with personalities in the various ministries concerned with flood management and specialists involved drawn from UN agencies, the army engineering corps and humanitarian organisations.

The French experts will also undertake visits on the ground in the 9th district of the Chadian capital, Nā€™Djamena and Camp Toukra where most of the flood victims are taking refuge.

They will also carry out investigations with a view to making proposals to the Chadian government on how to ameliorate the management of this major civilian security crisis.

For the past several weeks, many regions of Chad, including Mayo Kebbi Est, Ouest, Mandoul, Logone Occidental and Nā€™Djamena have been inundated by flood waters from the Chari and Logone rivers, which have forced thousands of households to abandon their houses.

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