Torrential Flooding Leaves Over 6000 Chadians Devastated

During the rainy season in Chad, several localities are covered by floods affecting thousands of people each year. And this year is not an exception.

Flooding incidents have impacted 6,942 people in the Chadian provinces of Sila and Mayo Kebbi Ouest over the past few days.

According to a report by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the households affected by the floods lost a large part of their non-food articles. Their priority needs now include bedsheets, mosquito nets, mats, and utensils.

The report revealed that 384 households inhabited by 2,112 persons were affected by the floods following heavy rains that fell on July 26 and 30, 2022, in thirteen localities in the sub-prefectures of Lere and Guegou of the Lac Lere prefecture of Mayo-Kebbi Ouest province.

Among these households, 112 saw their houses destroyed and were forced to seek refuge with other community members unaffected by the floods. The homes of 272 other families were partially damaged.

In the Sila region, Bahr Azoum river overflowed on July 30, 2022, caused by heavy rains, affecting 975 households with 4,830 inhabitants in two localities in the sub-prefecture of Koukou Angarana. Among these households, 390 of them housing 1,905 individuals in Koukou centre saw their houses completely destroyed, forcing them to take refuge on the hills in the locality estimating that because of the heights they would not be affected by the floods within the coming weeks.

However, 585 other houses inhabited by 2,925 individuals in Habile were partially destroyed.

During the rainy season in Chad, several localities are covered by floods affecting thousands of people each year.

This year’s heavy rains have flooded over 1,660 hectares of cultivable land in the Mayo-Kebbi Ouest province.

The humanitarian non-governmental organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has been assisting the persons taking refuge in the Koukou Centre hills of Sila province with water, but the demand for water remains high.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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