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  Torrential rains have caused unprecedented flooding in Chad affecting more than 340 000 people living in 55 000 households exceeding last year s figure of more than 250 000 affected according to a report released Friday by the UN humanitarian coordination office OCHA Rising rivers have destroyed nearly 2 700 hectares of crops and farmland as well as hundreds of homes while last month s record rains threaten food security and livelihoods Data collection The International Organization for Migration IOM is supporting national and humanitarian efforts to address the emergency and provide urgent aid to those most affected Through its Displacement Tracking Matrix DTM the agency is working with local authorities and stakeholders to develop and implement a flood data collection mechanism to capture the extent of the flood and the number of victims including the displaced The data collected will include information on the impacts of the floods on key populations and infrastructure such as houses schools and health centers as well as information on the profiles of the affected populations and their primary needs to better inform the humanitarian response said Yakin Mwanza of IOM DTM Coordinator in Chad The new mechanism will include an information sharing platform to enable key stakeholders and informants to report and publish useful flood data on a regular basis This new flood data collection mechanism will be implemented by cluster actors and local authorities and will be activated each year during the flood season to inform life saving responses in the early stage of flooding he added Record rainfall Although parts of Chad face heavy rain each year the rainfall observed in 2022 is unprecedented according to the IOM Extreme weather patterns illustrate the adverse effect of climate change on the region They are characterized by increased storm events and a higher degree of variability leading to stronger flash floods with devastating consequences for populations especially in rural areas As the rains continue we expect more people to be displaced IOM official Funding limited Despite the urgency of the situation assistance such as shelter food and non food items for those most affected continues to be hampered by a inadequate financing The rainy season lasts until October but the humanitarian situation we are witnessing now is already critical said IOM Chad Chief of Mission Anne Kathrin Schaefer As the rains continue we expect more people to be displaced but all humanitarian actors are already running out of emergency stocks to help people As of this month humanitarian actors on the ground have received only 33 of the humanitarian funding needed for Chad for 2022 In a joint flash appeal the Government of Chad and the humanitarian community are requesting 5 2 million to provide shelter essential items and protection to people affected by the floods
Chad: Record floods affect more than 340,000 people

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International Organization for Migration

Torrential rains have caused unprecedented flooding in Chad, affecting more than 340,000 people living in 55,000 households, exceeding last year’s figure of more than 250,000 affected, according to a report released Friday by the UN humanitarian coordination office.

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, OCHA.

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Rising rivers have destroyed nearly 2,700 hectares of crops and farmland, as well as hundreds of homes, while last month’s record rains threaten food security and livelihoods.

Data collection The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is supporting national and humanitarian efforts to address the emergency and provide urgent aid to those most affected.

Through its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), the agency is working with local authorities and stakeholders to develop and implement a flood data collection mechanism to capture the extent of the flood and the number of victims.

including the displaced.

“The data collected will include information on the impacts of the floods on key populations and infrastructure, such as houses, schools and health centers, as well as information on the profiles of the affected populations and their primary needs, to better inform the humanitarian response.

“, said.

Yakin Mwanza of IOM, DTM Coordinator in Chad. The new mechanism will include an information sharing platform to enable key stakeholders and informants to report and publish useful flood data on a regular basis.

“This new flood data collection mechanism will be implemented by cluster actors and local authorities and will be activated each year during the flood season to inform life-saving responses in the early stage of flooding,” he added.

Record rainfall Although parts of Chad face heavy rain each year, the rainfall observed in 2022 is unprecedented, according to the IOM.

Extreme weather patterns illustrate the adverse effect of climate change on the region.

They are characterized by increased storm events and a higher degree of variability, leading to stronger flash floods with devastating consequences for populations, especially in rural areas.

As the rains continue, we expect more people to be displaced – IOM official Funding limited Despite the urgency of the situation, assistance such as shelter, food and non-food items for those most affected continues to be hampered by a inadequate financing.

“The rainy season lasts until October, but the humanitarian situation we are witnessing now is already critical,” said IOM Chad Chief of Mission Anne Kathrin Schaefer.

“As the rains continue, we expect more people to be displaced, but all humanitarian actors are already running out of emergency stocks to help people.”

As of this month, humanitarian actors on the ground have received only 33% of the humanitarian funding needed for Chad for 2022.

In a joint flash appeal, the Government of Chad and the humanitarian community are requesting $5.2 million to provide shelter, essential items and protection to people affected by the floods.

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