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Central African Republic: Floods - Aug 2019

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The city of Paoua and Poumadji village experienced floods overnight from 19 to 20 August 2019. These floods caused significant material and human damage. One death and five injuries have been recorded. Nearly 295 houses were destroyed. Families with partially or completely damaged houses were welcomed by families and friends, thus exacerbating the already limited resources of these host families. Water and sanitation infrastructures have also been destroyed, including 94 water wells and 107 latrines. (IFRC, 2 Sep 2019)

Since last week, widespread floods have occurred in several parts of the country, leading to displacement and damage. According to media reports, as of 25 October, 6,000 people have been displaced in Bangui City area and dozens of houses have been destroyed due to the overflow of Ubangi River. Rescue and emergency teams are working to assist the affected people. (ECHO, 25 Oct 2019)

According to the latest report of International Organisation for Migration (IOM), more than 20,000 people have been displaced as a result in Bangui (south-western CAR). Significant material damage to buildings and key infrastructure are affecting the population, already suffering from violence and poverty. (ECHO, 13 Nov 2019)

To date, a total of 16 cities - including Bangui (4 affected districts)- have been affected by the floods and more than 44,918 people have been directly affected. (IFRC, 13 Nov 2019)