United Nations agencies are stepping up emergency relief efforts in West Africa where severe flooding has affected 600,000 people, damaging infrastructure, schools and hospitals, inundating large swathes of farmland and destroying crops.
Deadly floods that have swept across West Africa could lead to outbreaks of diarrhoea, malaria and other communicable diseases, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned today, calling for funding to respond to the emergency.
United Nations aid agencies and their humanitarian partners launched an appeal today for more than $18 million to help the victims of deadly floods in Burkina Faso, one of the countries hit hardest this year by the annual wet season in West Africa.
The number of people hit by deadly floods across West Africa has now topped 600,000, and the heavy rains have also destroyed crops and infrastructure in a region already hard hit by poverty, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today.
A United Nations disaster assessment and coordination team arrives today in Burkina Faso, where torrential rains that have soaked much of West Africa have killed at least five people and forced around 150,000 others to find alternative shelter.
United Nations aid operations in West Africa have received a boost with the injection of fresh funds to allow humanitarian flights in the region to continue, but similar air services in Chad will have to be cut within three weeks unless donors come forward with more assistance.
The United Nations voiced concern today over evidence recently uncovered in Guinea suggesting that undercover narcotics operations are producing illicit drugs on a large scale in the small West African country.
The Security Council today voiced its concern over the fragile democratic and economic progress achieved in West Africa, which continues to face grave challenges ranging from coups d’état to organized crime.
To combat organized crime and drug trafficking wreaking havoc in West Africa, the United Nations today launched a new initiative to tackle the scourge in the region, where $1 billion worth of cocaine transits through annually.