More than 30,000 people are currently homeless in Benin and at least 7,000 hectares of crops are destroyed as a result of flooding. The most affected areas are So-Ava, Cotonou (1st, 2nd,3rd,6th and 9th Arrondissements) and Karimana communes. Indeed, unusually heavy rainfall during this rainy season with more forecasted over the next 3 days, the waters of the rivers Niger and Ouémé experienced unusually rapid rise, overflowing their banks to cause flooding in most parts of the country. The priority area of interest is the south and covers So-Ava Commune, Cotonou and Dangbo Commune.
The Regional Centre for training in Aerospace Surveys was created in 1972 under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) with a mandate for Training, Research, Consultancy and Advisory Services in Geo informatics. Participating countries at the moment are: Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.
The reporting of 38 cases of polio across 7 West African countries in 2008 and an additional 13 cases in the first 2 months of 2009 has prompted the concerned countries with coordination support from WHO to organise synchronised polio vaccination campaigns.