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Flooding raises health worries in Cameroon - Plan International

Source: Plan UK - Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:08 GMT
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More than 90,000 villagers have fled their flood-hit homes in Cameroon, reports children’s charity Plan International.

The town of Kousseri, on the northern border with Chad, is the latest to be swamped, with 15,000 people on the move after the Logone River burst its banks.

Aid workers for Plan have distributed food, medical supplies and sanitation kits to families caught up in the emergency.

“The risk of malaria, fever and infections is high,” says Plan’s emergency response manager in Cameroon, Casimir Youmbi. Living conditions are poor, unsanitary and over-crowded.

“Damaged and destroyed crops will further aggravate a harsh food crisis gripping the affected regions by reducing the potential harvest.”

Many families in one of the worst hit areas, Garoua, also in the north, are still awaiting help.

Some of those whose homes have been damaged are staying with family or in temporary shelters set-up by local authorities.

“We’re coordinating our response with local officials to determine gaps,” says Mr Youmbi.

“We’re participating in a joint site visit to assess water, hygiene, sanitation, protection and education issues.

“In the North West Region, a rapid needs assessment was completed to increase understanding about the disaster and remaining needs."

For more information on Plan’s work visit www.plan-uk.org

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