There are thousands of people affected by flooding; the UN
Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) is
expecting a rise of the victim’s toll. The heavy rains
have affected 61,000 people in Ghana, 24,500 in Togo, 33,000
in Niger and 4,200 in Burkina Faso. Even so, the toll is
much lower than this time last year when by mid-September
2007 floods had affected 800,000 people across West Africa,
according to the UN.
Ludovic De Lys, head of the UNOCHA is urging governments to
tackle the floods regionally. Responding regionally will be
more cost-effective because, otherwise, 50 US cents of every
US$1 spent on equipment sent to West Africa would go toward
transport costs. UNOCHA is helping governments,
non-governmental organizations, and the UN coordinate flood
prevention and response strategies across the region.
must come up with medium and long-term strategies to cope
with flooding.” said De Lys. Sustainable change involves
revisiting urban planning, building up rural road networks,
and constructing more traditional granaries across the
region so farmers can store what is anticipated to be a good
harvest this year, rather than losing it to floods.
affected almost 130,000 people and caused at least 20