Continuing floods in Benin have led to around 680,000 people requiring assistance since the emergency began in September – accounting for around 9% of the population of the small West African republic.
Reports have come in from Nigeria of a further 50mm of rain in the 24 hours to 6am on 2nd November, Ghana has reported 90mm of rain in the 24 hours to 6am on 2nd November. It is feared that this water will swell the Niger river further, raising the level of its tributaries, as well as affecting the Southern rivers which flow through low-lying areas towards the Atlantic.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided 262,000 water purification tablets and hygiene material for 150,000 people. The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided a health kit for treating 1,000 cholera cases over a period of three months. 430 tents will be distributed in the Departments of Alibori, Borgou, Collines, Mono and Zou by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The floods, which began in September, have destroyed more than 55,000 homes, spoilt more than 128,000 hectares of crops and killed 81,000 livestock.