Cameroon – Villages Isolated After Floods in Far North Region (Updated)

Update, 18 October 2019:

Voice of America (VoA) reports that flooding along the Logone River has also affected parts of Chad as well as areas of the Far North Region in Cameroon.

VoA quoting local officials, say the flooding has affected 70,000 people in Cameroon and 30,000 across the border in Chad.

Heavy rain has been falling for around 2 weeks, causing the Logone River and Lake Maga to overflow.

The flooding is thought to be some of the worst since 2012, when 60 people lost their lives in north Cameroon.

Houses have been destroyed, roads inundated and bridges damaged. Access to many areas is possible only by boat. Personnel from Cameroon’s military have been deployed to assist victims in affected areas and carry out evacuations.

Flooding affected parts of Chad earlier this year. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on 11 September that over 400 families were displaced by flooding in the Sila Region in south east Chad in mid August.

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Update, 14 October 2019:

Flooding in Far North Region has worsened and now affected parts of Mayo-Danay department, where the Logone River has also overflowed. Media reports, quoting local officials, say that around 100,000 people have been affected and many families displaced.

Original report, 12 October 2019:

Local media in Cameroon report that the Logone River broke its banks on 01 October, 2019, after a period of heavy rain. The river flooded a valley in Zina district, located within Logone-et-Chari department of Far North region.

The flooding damaged or destroyed houses and possessions. Some communities in Zina district have been displaced. Roads have been inundated and access to several villages within the valley is by boat only, according to reports. There are no specific figures for numbers affected or displaced.

No casualties were reported. Further rain is expected throughout October.

The humanitarian organisation Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) has been monitoring the situation. ACAPS reported on 11 OCtober that “flooding impacts will likely be aggravated by the ongoing conflict in the region, high levels of food insecurity, and the degree of poverty in Far North, one of the poorest regions of Cameroon. The floods are expected to have the greatest impact on poor households and people who have been displaced, both by the current floods and from previous displacements; Far North region has over 480,000 IDPs, returnees, and refugees.”