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Gambia Floods 2010 DREF Operation

This case study from the International Federation of the Red Cross details their Disaster Relief and Emergency Fund Operation in Gambia, 2010. In 2010, the seasonal rainfall in Gambia from May to September was nearly 56 per cent above its normal range3 , resulting in floods that damaged homes, markets, public infrastructure and livelihoods throughout the country. The situation culminated on 5 and 6 September, when torrential rains produced almost 20 per cent of the country’s average annual rainfall in two days. Access to the riverbank was difficult, temporarily bringing the movement of people, goods and services across the Gambia River to a standstill. The rains flooded most of the country, affecting 25,000 people by destroying their homes and livelihoods; waterborne diseases were also on the rise. On 7 September, the Government of Gambia declared a national disaster due to the scale and complexity of the floods, and launched a national and international appeal for assistance with relief and rehabilitation efforts.
Author: The International Federation of the Red Cross
Language: English
Pubished By: The International Federation of the Red Cross
Pubished date: 2010

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