Extreme floods in North province of Cameroon
Thursday, 06 September 2012
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06 September 2012
USGS on behalf of Civil Protection Directorate, Cameroon
European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Description of the event
Extreme floods have devastated Northern regions of Cameroon. Nearly 20 people have died and thousands more are left homeless.
Continuous rainfall and the release of the Ladgo Dam caused the Benoe River to burst its banks, which flooded neighbouring residential areas.
Faro, Mayo Louti, and Benoue areas were most hard-hit by the floods, destroying crop and rice fields thus causing shortages of food supplies. There are growing concerns of infections such as cholera and malaria being spread through flood waters.
Rescue operations are under way; more than 2,500 people have been medically treated and placed into tents.