26/10/2012 – In response to serious flooding in Benin, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad since the beginning of the rainy season, the European Commission has committed €1 million of humanitarian funding to over 95,000 of those worst affected.
Much of the funding will go towards providing emergency shelter and basic household items to those who have lost nearly everything. Another significant portion will aim to ensure access to clean water and sanitation, and in doing so limit the risk of epidemics.
"This aid is essential to assist the thousands of flood victims who are all too regularly forced to abandon their homes, and whose resilience to overcome these repetitive shocks has been exhausted", explained ECHO's Head of Operations for West Africa.
Over the last ten years, an estimated 7.5 million West Africans have been affected by floods. These figures are on the increase due to factors such as climate change, unplanned urbanisation, and the weakening of community bonds.
This €1 million of funding for flood victims follows €153.5 million that ECHO has already committed to the region in 2012 in response to this year's food crisis, and €19 million for those affected by the crisis in Mali.