At least 2 people have died and over 230 households have been severely affected or displaced after the heaviest rainfall in over 20 years caused flooding in parts of the Gambia from late July 2022.
According to the Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS), affected areas include the capital Banjul and Kanifing Local Government Area, as well as the West Coast and North Bank Regions. Two people died and 1 was severely injured in storms and floods in North Bank on 30 July 2022.
GRCS reported communities left isolated after roads were cut and many people are stranded, helpless and vulnerable. At least 235 households have been affected after flooding damaged homes. Some of the residents have moved to safer areas, taking refuge in public buildings. Flood survivors are in urgent need of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services.
“The forecasts indicates rains in the coming days which may increase the needs and vulnerability situation in the country. If immediate actions are not taken, severe public health conditions may emerge,” GRCS added. Some relief items from GRCS stocks, including sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and hygiene kits, have been distributed to affected communities.
The country’s Department of Water Resources said the country experienced its highest rainfall since 1998. In some areas it rained continuously for 20 hours between 30 and 31 July 2022. Banjul International Airport recorded 276 mm of rain during this time. More rain is expected in August and September and further flooding is possible.
A young poultry farmer lost his entire investment to a weekend flash flood that caused havoc throughout the country. Most of his live birds perished as a result of heavy downpours. pic.twitter.com/kssKWM3A0k
— The Alkamba Times (@TheAlkambaTimes) August 1, 2022
The impacts of climate change is causing massive flash floods in The Gambia. We urge authorities to take shift actions to curb the poor drainage system in the county as vulnerable communities continue to be affected, houses destroyed and displacement increased!
— Clean Earth Gambia (@EarthGambia) July 31, 2022
Flood survivors are urgently in need of #WASH services. We need to act NOW !
The forecasts indicates rains in the coming days which may increase the needs & vulnerability situation in the country
If immediate actions are not taken, severe public health conditions may emerge pic.twitter.com/eyzomq2oW5
— The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) (@GambiaRedCross) August 2, 2022
In Gambia, numerous households are badly affected by floods. People are stranded in the middle of nowhere, helpless and vulnerable.
— The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) (@GambiaRedCross) July 31, 2022