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35 tons of aid sent to flood victims in Niger

Plan staff monitor the offloading of relief supplies
Plan staff monitor the offloading of relief supplies
September 21, 2012

Emergency relief supplies have landed in Niger for victims of severe floods, which struck the regions of Tillabéri and Dosso.

The supplies, donated to Plan by Irish Aid in Dublin, include tents, tarpaulins, jerry cans, mosquito nets and blankets. It is part of the continued commitment by the Irish government to the people most in need in crisis-hit Niger.

The plane was met by Plan's country director in Niger, Rheal Drisdelle, who formally presented the supplies to government representatives.

Plan and its partners will distribute the supplies to flood victims.

Breaking point

Rheal said: “These floods are another wave of disaster upon disaster, which Nigeriens have been suffering this year stretching their resilience to near breaking point. However, they can take comfort in knowing that they have friends in the government and people of Ireland and Plan Ireland who, without a second thought, swiftly responded to their needs.”

Plan Ireland CEO David Dalton said: “In the space of 10 months, Niger has been hit by a food crisis brought on by high market prices and poor harvests, a refugee crisis triggered by conflict in neighboring Mali, followed by a cholera outbreak and now devastating floods. The Irish government’s announcement is important and demonstrates their ongoing commitment to those in need in the developing world.”

Homeless children

The floods have destroyed more than 14,000 homes and left 176,000 homeless and 44 dead. The majority of the homeless are children.

In the Dosso Region, floods - triggered by a half-year worth of rainfall - swept through numerous villages in 5 departments destroying thousands of homes and leaving a scene similar to a demolition site.

In the capital Niamey, over six inches of rain in a few hours caused the Niger River to burst its banks over the holy Islamic Ramadan holiday weekend of Eid-ul-Fitr displacing thousands of people and destroying hundreds homes.

The majority of flood victims in both regions are sheltering in schools raising concerns about the prompt start of classes in October after the summer holidays. Emergency food supplies have already been distributed to 583 families in the villages of Nakin Fada, Tessa, Sandidey, and Deykoukou Ouest by Plan Niger.

Learn more about Plan's work in Niger

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