7 of 10 S American Rolls; Buenos Aires Stretching: 1700 people evacuated by floods in Buenos Aires province! Niger: The worst flooding in living history in Dosso! 44 killed since mid-July!

Buenos Aires streching. 19.08.2012 Left photo. 22.08.2011 Right photo.

Buenos Aires Streching:

/ Evacuate over 1700 flood in the province of Buenos Aires. The number of people evacuated because of flooding caused by heavy rains in different parts of the Province of Buenos Aires this afternoon increased to over 1700, as confirmed by the Government of Buenos Aires. /

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Niger:

/ Barely escaping with their lives and with just the clothes they were wearing, thousands of children and their families are in need of assistance following the worst flooding in living history in Dosso Region, Niger. The flood was triggered by a half-year’s worth of rainfall that swept through numerous villages in five regions of Dosso in less than 24 hours causing more than 1,200 houses to collapse. /

/ Forty-four killed since July in Niger floods: UN. At least 44 people have been killed by severe flooding that has affected Niger since mid-July, the UN's humanitarian affairs office said Thursday, while scores of thousands are homeless. Though floods have struck all regions of the west African country, half of the 44 deaths registered by August 22 were in the region of Maradi, the economic capital in the southeast, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) branch in the capital Niamey. /

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Buenos Aires:

Evacuate over 1700 flood in the province of Buenos Aires

   
The number of people evacuated because of flooding caused by heavy rains in different parts of the Province of Buenos Aires this afternoon increased to over 1700, as confirmed by the Government of Buenos Aires.

   
The district was the most problematic of La Matanza, where in the last hours the number of evacuees had gone from 660 to 1100, confirmed Luciano Timerman, coordinator of Emergency Aires Provincial Council.

   
He noted in this context that "all rivers are stretched" so that assess "the river basins Reef, La Matanza, Blue and Salt" as major problems are found in riparian populations.

   
In this context, although 240 people were able to return to their homes, the number of evacuees rose to 1765 in the afternoon.

   
"Killing In The 1100's were getting evacuated some families, which are housed in four schools and a kindergarten," Timerman said in a statement to Radio 10.

   
Meanwhile, there are 300 evacuees in Moreno Reef 140, 115 in Pilar, 12 in Chascomús, 36 in Luján, 8 Rauch, 9 Olavarria, 5 Blue, 19 in San Pedro and 12 in Mercedes.

   
The Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Public Space in the province monitoring the situation and gave technical and material assistance to the districts affected by heavy rains in recent days almost constantly.

   
The head of the ministry, Martin Ferré, said that "while there are still more than 1700 residents in temporary shelters, coordination between the national government, municipalities and the provincial government allowed us to combine strategies to assist families and create conditions for can return as quickly as possible to their homes. "

   
"We continue to work together from the different areas of the provincial government with permanent guards to detect problems caused by the rainfall, which has doubled the monthly average, to provide immediate assistance to municipalities that need it," said. (NA)

http://www.infonews.com/2012/08/24/sociedad-35597-inundaciones-en-l...

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Niger:

 

Fourth crisis in months hits children in Niger

Village Chief Moussa Ide watches in despair at the damage done to his homes.

Barely escaping with their lives and with just the clothes they were wearing, thousands of children and their families are in need of assistance following the worst flooding in living history in Dosso Region, Niger.

The flood was triggered by a half-year’s worth of rainfall that swept through numerous villages in five regions of Dosso in less than 24 hours causing more than 1,200 houses to collapse.

“This is a children’s emergency as eight out of every 10 people affected are children who are in need of shelter, clothing, and food,” said Rheal Drisdelle, Country Director for Plan Niger.

“Our first distribution of relief aid has started providing each household with a pesticide-treated mosquito net to protect against malaria, a blanket as well as enough rice and oil to last two weeks,” he added.

In the village of Sandidey where 233 households received emergency supplies on Thursday, Village Chief Moussa Ide said the most pressing need is to relocate people sheltering in the school and get it ready for the new school year in October.

“I’ve lived here since I was born 66 years ago and I have never witnessed such floods,” he said. His household, comprising four houses, was one of the first to collapse as the powerful flood waters swept straight through the village.

“For those of us whose fields have survived, we are hoping for a good harvest in six weeks time but even if it is good and we make good money, we are faced with the decision – do we use the money to build back our homes or do we eat for the next year. It is difficult. We need help,” he said.

His 11-year old niece Ouma, said: “The people need help to move out of the school so that we can go back to school. If no one helps then we will not be able to go to school.”

Plan Niger, one of the first international NGOs on the scene, is appealing for US$250,000. Emergency Manager Mamadou Madougou said this is to meet immediate needs while they assess requirements for relocating those who are homeless.

Preliminary results show that 1,273 farms have been destroyed, 1,243 homes have been destroyed and 989 others damaged. This is the fourth emergency affecting children in recent months. Plan Niger is also responding to the Sahel food crisis, the Malian refugee crisis and a cholera outbreak.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/fourth-crisis-in-months-hits-chi...

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Forty-four killed since July in Niger floods: UN

NIAMEY — At least 44 people have been killed by severe flooding that has affected Niger since mid-July, the UN's humanitarian affairs office said Thursday, while scores of thousands are homeless.

Though floods have struck all regions of the west African country, half of the 44 deaths registered by August 22 were in the region of Maradi, the economic capital in the southeast, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) branch in the capital Niamey.

The previous UN toll was 31 dead.

Half of the victims drowned and the others were killed when their homes collapsed. Five people died in Niamey, where the Niger river overflowed its banks, and five others in Zinder.

After visiting some of the affected areas on Monday, President Mahamadou Issou pledged 1,400 tonnes of food and 900,000 euros ($1.1 million) in aid but admitted it would not be enough.

"That will not suffice. I am calling on our partners to help us overcome this difficult situation," he said.

OCHA counted 176,000 people hit by the floods. However, Interior Minister Abdou Labo on Wednesday said that "more than 340,000" people were directly affected and announced that the government had released emergency aid worth 200 million CFA francs (304,000 euros) out of the pledged amount.

Labo reiterated the plea for international assistance.

Opposition leader Seini Oumarou has criticised government "inertia" in handing out aid.

More than 14,000 homes have collapsed across the country and 7,000 fields of cereal crops have been destroyed, according to OCHA.

Most of the homeless are being put up in schools and public buildings or by relatives.

The southern Dosso region is among the worst affected in the land-locked country, OCHA warned earlier in the week, with nearly 70,000 displaced people and three deaths last week.

OCHA said that flooding will have "a negative effect on the food situation" in Niger, which straddles the semi-arid Sahel belt running across Africa, separating Sahara from savannah.

Millions of people are going hungry in the region after crops failed across a swathe of eight countries because of late and erratic rains last year.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jLy4dZZAfM30Cvy7...

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