Mauritania has endured heavy rainfall for over 6 weeks, when the rains first began in mid August. Rainfall in some areas 35% higher than average for this time of year. The flood situation has worsened over the last few days after southern parts of the country saw around 15cm of rain in just 24 hours on 1st October 2013.
The capital Nouakchott was flooded, as were around 6 other regions in the south, especially Moudjeria, in the Tagant region, south central Mauritania. Houses and other buildings have collapsed there as a result of the floods. According to the Mauritanian Red Crescent Society (MRCS), as many as 40% of families in Moudjeria have had their homes destroyed in the floods.
Media reports claim that as many as 5,600 people countrywide have been affected by the floods, with over 2,000 people having to evacuate their homes. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that 8 people have died as a result of flooding since the heavy rainfall began in August.
According to Mauritania’s Department of Civil Protection, the 6 week long period of heavy rainfall has resulted in creating “unprecedented” damage. Roads have been damaged by flood water, making the impassable and leaving some regions inaccessible. Farmland and crops have also been badly affected.