The International Charter "Space and Major Disaster" was activated twice last week for floods in Africa: Chad and Nigeria.

UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNICEF activated the mechanism for Chad on 10 October 2012. Heavy rains which started in early August had caused continuing floods in Chad. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by the floods, with damage to both property and agriculture. In the Rig Rig District of the Kanem Region, 220 houses were destroyed and 3000 people were displaced. In the Sila Region, more than 13,000 houses were affected and the flood waters blocked major humanitarian supplies. In Guera, an estimated 850 people were in need of... read more

Publishing Date: 15/10/2012

For the first time, the population of an entire city has been estimated from space through a pioneering project to speed up medical and disaster relief efforts. By analysing satellite images of disaster zones and famine, war or disease-hit areas where census data is unreliable, or cities unreachable, researchers hope to make rapid and more accurate estimates of how many people might need help.

"Population numbers are crucial to everything we do," says Ruby Siddiqui of the global charity, Medicins Sans Frontières, a collaborator in the project to evaluate the satellite counting technique. "We need to plan the size, scale and mode of interventions, and without population... read more

Publishing Date: 30/05/2012

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Meningitis : 102 killed and 769 are affected
Source : Emdat

On 12 and 14 September 2009, two heavy torrential rains poured down in the capital N?Djamena leading to the flooding of almost half of the town. The stormy rains aggravated the already worse situation that started since the beginning of the rainy season. The most affected areas are Walia, Kamda, Toukra, Habena, Chagoua, and Moursal.The Red Cross of Chad?s urban committee conducted a rapid assessment and estimated that over 545 houses were destroyed.


Around 2 million people have been affected by the poor harvest of 2009-2010 and they will need food as well as non food assistance during this year. In the West of the Sahelian belt, it is reported that 750,000 people have been displaced to other sub-prefectures and to Bahr El Gazal (BEG), Hadjer-Lamis, Kanem and the Lac regions and are in a desperate need of assistance. The current rate of global malnutrition is well over the acceptable level and is close to 22% in the regions of the Lac, Kanem, Barh el Gazal and Bartha

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