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Mali: Floods - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF n° MDRML014 update n° 1

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A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Mali, which is already heavily affected by various crises (food insecurity, security, political tensions, etc.), experienced heavy rainfall starting on 24 August 2019.
By 27 August, the previous three consecutive days of rainfall began causing extensive damages in in Koulikoro, Timbuktu, Kidal, Mopti and Ménaka regions of Mali. From the initial assessments conducted by Mali Red Cross Society (MRCS) on 28 August 2019, 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.

Summary of the current response

Overview of Host National Society.

Upon learning about the disaster, local branches of the National Society were dispatched for rapid assessments, which quantified basic needs for direct assistance. The National Society's ability to ensure the continuity of the response is focused on the availability of human resources, particularly its CDRT, NDRT and RDRT networks. The National Society is present through its branches in the regions affected and has the capacity to support the communities, to manage the distribution of relief items on the field.