Mali – Floods Destroy Hundreds of Homes

According to a report of 09 September, 2019, by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRCS), flooding in the west African country of Mali during late August destroyed over 800 houses, leaving thousands homeless.

The flooding came after days of heavy rain from 24 August. Extensive damage was reported in Koulikoro, Timbuktu, Kidal, Mopti and Ménaka regions of Mali. IFRCS said “at least 6,474 people or 1,729 households have been affected by the floods with severe consequences on the livelihoods of families as food stocks have been washed away by the flood water. Some 845 houses are reported to have been destroyed, leaving hundreds of people homeless. They are currently staying in some schools and host families.”

At least 14 people died in flash flooding that hit the country’s capital, Bamako, on 16 May, 2019.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on 25 June this year that heavy rains in the Mopti region of Mali caused floods, aggravating the already precarious situation of the 50,254 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the region.

Other countries of the region have also seen major flooding over the last few weeks. Over 40 people have died and thousand affected by flooding in neighbouring country Niger.

Flooding was also recently reported in Nigeria and Mauritania, along with Central African Republic and further north, Algeria and Morocco.

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