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US Congo-Brazzaville: tens of thousands of flood victims in the North

09:40  18 october  2020
09:40  18 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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La plupart des villages touchés sont riverains de l'Oubangui qui longe la frontière est du Congo-Brazzaville. © Google Map Most of the affected villages are bordering on the Ubangi which runs along the eastern border of Congo-Brazzaville.

Nearly 70 villages and at least 46,000 people are affected by flooding in northern Congo-Brazzaville, in Likouala province after heavy rains that have been falling continuously this week in the area. An assessment mission visited to assess the humanitarian consequences as many victims were already trying to recover from the floods of last year.

From our correspondent in Brazzaville,

Clément Essiéké, Director General of Humanitarian Action at the Ministry of Social Affairs, was part of the government-United Nations team that went to Likouala for a rapid assessment of the situation humanitarian. He notably mentioned the consequences of the floods which affected a little more than 70 villages, mainly bordering the Oubangui river. “The villages of Dongou, Impfondo and Liranga districts are flooded to the point where they are forced to hastily harvest their produce from the fields, especially cassava. At the market level, certain products (of first necessity) are becoming scarce. Palm oil, for example, has seen its price skyrocket: the liter is now sold at CFAF 500, whereas it used to cost CFAF 250, "explained Clément Essiéké.

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During their assessment mission, aid workers were unable to cover all the areas affected by the floods. They intend to put in place a response plan as soon as possible.

The 46,000 victims of the floods were trying to recover from those of last year which officially affected more than 130,000 people. North-Congo experiences heavy rainfall, but it is rare in Brazzaville and its surroundings.

To read: Congo-Brazzaville: immense damage after the floods

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