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Disasterous Rainy Season in West and Central Africa

Posted by feww on September 12, 2013

2013 Rainy Season Overview West and Central Africa: UNOCHA

The rainy season in West and Central Africa occurs from June –
October. To date, rainfall across the region has varied both across countries and as compared to normal rainfall patterns in previous years.

Delays to the rainy season occurred in the Gulf of Guinea countries, particularly in western Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Togo and Benin with recently recorded rains occurring at below-average levels.

Insufficient and poorly-distributed rainfall has occurred since June, leading to increasing rainfall deficits across the Gulf of Guinea countries with these countries currently experiencing a 30-day rain deficit.

2013 Flood-Affected countries in West and Central Africa

Flood-Affected countries in West and Central Africa
Rainy Season Impact on Populations. High rainfall has resulted in damaging floods in Benin, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal. These rains have resulted in damaging floods that have compromised the personal security of affected populations and rendered many homeless and/or with compromised livelihood options. Source: UNOCHA

Report Highlights

  • 323,396 people have been affected by floods this rainy season so far.
  • More than 40,000 people been displaced by floods, including 20,000 in Mali and at least 10,000 in Benin.
  • Floods have destroyed or damaged more than 22,600 homes.
  • At least 34,000 Hectares of agricultural land have been destroyed by floods.
  • In Nigeria over 80,000 people have been affected by floods in the past two months, with the states of Abia, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kogi being the most affected out of 21 states impacted.
  • Delays in onset of the rainy season likely to have impact on agricultural yields.
  • 30-day rain deficits recorded in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Togo, and Benin.
  • Damaging floods have occurred in nine countries in the region, most recently in Benin, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal. Other affected countries include Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Guinea and Gambia.

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