Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tropical Cyclone Gati, which made landfall on 22 November in Puntland’s Bari region in Somalia, has displaced 70,000 people, the UN says. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in news dispatch that the heavy rains and strong winds triggered flash floods along [...]
©- - 24 november 2020 - 09:10:40 - thread Environment (333 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese Minister of State for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Henri Djombo, on Thursday alerted the humanitarian coordinator of the United Nations systems, calling for emergency humanitarian aid for the departments of Likouala, Sangha, Cuvette and Plateaux, which have been hit by floods, the Congolese public [...]
©- - 05 november 2020 - 17:23:33 - thread Environment (246 words)


Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has released US$9.26 million to scale up priority life-saving assistance to nearly 300,000 people affected by floods in Somalia. These critical funds, part of the SHF 2020 Reserve Allocation, will support national and international non-governmental partners operating in Banadir, Hiraan, Lower Juba, [...]
©- - 15 october 2020 - 15:06:57 - thread Environment (433 words)


Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government on Monday in Abuja inaugurated a high-level committee for the development of National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan to effectively tackle flooding across the country. Speaking at the inauguration, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social [...]
©- - 12 october 2020 - 19:10:16 - thread Environment (527 words)


Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Catastrophic flooding and rising food and health costs in Sudan, have driven up the number of people in need, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in an alert on Friday.  Authorities declared a three-month state of emergency in early September after the worst flooding in 30 years.  To date, more than 860,000 people [...]
©- - 02 october 2020 - 16:41:19 - thread Environment (697 words)


Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Torrential rains and flooding across South Sudan have created the threat of “catastrophic” hunger levels and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.  Some 700,000 people are in crisis after flood waters swept across the country, submerging villages, land and livestock, according [...]
©- - 29 september 2020 - 16:34:54 - thread Environment (718 words)


Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The United States Ambassador to Niger, Eric. P. Whitaker, on Monday announced that the US government, responding to a call from Nigerien Prime Minister, Brigi Rafini, for assistance to flood victims in Niger, on Monday provided "a financial support of US$ 600,000 or more than 3 [...]
©- - 28 september 2020 - 18:25:24 - thread Environment (205 words)


Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Humanitarians have stepped up assistance to communities “on the brink”, who have been affected by devastating flooding in Africa’s Sahel region, where several hundred thousand people have been displaced by seasonal rains. Niger has been hardest hit, said the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday, with [...]
©- - 25 september 2020 - 05:22:46 - thread Environment (564 words)


Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The reopening of schools, scheduled for October 1, 2020, has been shifted to October 15 following severe flooding across Niger. According to the government, institutions affected are pre-primary, primary and secondary schools, vocational and technical training institutions. According to a government press release, floods have caused a large [...]
©- - 22 september 2020 - 18:10:40 - thread Environment (215 words)


Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Rising water levels in the Niger River has displaced more than 8,000 families in the commune of Malanville in the northeast border with Niger, official sources said here Friday. “The floods have affected about 8,022 families or some 56,254 victims in Malanville. Nearly 5,644.75 ha of crops [...]
©- - 18 september 2020 - 20:40:44 - thread Environment (246 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Floods have caused a total of 71,341 casualties, 13 deaths and 50 injuries in Burkina Faso since April, the Burkinabe government announced on Monday, after declaring a state of natural disaster and 5 billion CFA francs for reconstruction. According to the situation report covering the period [...]
©- - 14 september 2020 - 15:02:46 - thread Environment (157 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Heavy rains have washed away two people in Tunisia, including a five-year-old child, where the northern and Sahel regions have recorded large amounts of rainfall that caused rivers to overflow, leading to floods. A source close to the Tunisian Civil Protection agency said on Friday that the [...]
©- - 11 september 2020 - 09:32:37 - thread Environment (184 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso on Wednesday declared a state of natural disaster after 13 people died in floods following heavy rains in the country since last week, the government announced in Ouagadougou. "The heavy rains caused 13 deaths, injured 19 persons and caused extensive damage," said Culture Minister [...]
©- - 09 september 2020 - 17:28:06 - thread Environment (122 words)


Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Nigerien President, Issoufou Mahamadou, on Wednesday visited Niamey neighbourhoods along the Niger River, affected by floods which hit the Nigerien capital in recent days. His visits took him to the neighbourhoods on the Right Bank which was hit on Monday, August 31, and to Saga, located in [...]
©- - 09 september 2020 - 17:22:23 - thread Environment (319 words)


Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Nine persons have died and nearly 478,000 have been affected by floods in about 50 locations around Mali since the beginning of the 2020 rainy  season, according to the Directorate of Civil Protection, which also said that the floods have hit over 27,500 households throughout the [...]
©- - 09 september 2020 - 14:00:04 - thread Environment (342 words)


Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The death toll in floods in northern Ghana after heavy rains and spillage of water from the Bagre dam in Burkina Faso has risen to 10, according to officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO. Six people are said to have died in the Upper East [...]
©- - 09 september 2020 - 10:34:23 - thread Environment (246 words)


Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Government of Senegalese will release an emergency fund of 10 billion CFA francs to fight against floods that occurred last weekend throughout the country, President Macky Sall announced on Tuesday evening.  The three billion CFA francs will be used to provide direct support to the affected [...]
©- - 09 september 2020 - 09:40:21 - thread Environment (207 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Four women were killed Friday night in flooding caused by heavy rains in Burkina Faso. According to the Mayor's office of Ouagadougou, a pregnant woman drowned in the capital. In Kaya, in the north-central part of the country, three internally displaced women were killed when their makeshift [...]
©- - 05 september 2020 - 18:07:20 - thread Environment (158 words)


Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Nigerien President Issoufou Mahamadou on Tuesday visited the flooded neighbourhoods of the Commune 5 of Niamey, on the right bank of the Niger River to give his support and solidarity to flood victims. The city of Niamey has recorded nearly 5,000 collapsed houses and nearly 31,000 victims [...]
©- - 01 september 2020 - 18:09:20 - thread Environment (412 words)


Niamey, Niger (PANA) - A total of 51 people have died in Niger in a series of floods recorded in recent weeks, the Nigerien Minister for Humanitarian Action and Disasters, Laouan Magagi, told the press on Tuesday. "As of August 30, throughout the country, there were about 32,500 households affected, nearly [...]
©- - 01 september 2020 - 17:03:13 - thread Environment (427 words)


Cotonou, Benin(PANA) - The Beninese ministry of Interior and Public Safety Wednesday called for vigilance against frequent accidents following the rise in water levels in several localities of the country. “The forecast services have announced an orange alert for the communes of Malanville and Karimama (Nordeast communes) and Bonou (southeast). “This situation [...]
©- - 19 august 2020 - 21:03:16 - thread Environment (219 words)


Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Faced with the risk of flooding, the governor of the Niamey region, Issaka Hassane Karanta, on Monday alerted the populations of Niamey living near the Niger River to move away from the flood-prone sites. "We expressly appeal to the local population to start packing up and moving [...]
©- - 17 august 2020 - 14:45:36 - thread Environment (252 words)


Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Friday warned that 28 of the country’s 36 states and 102 local government councils could be be at risk of flooding due to impending heavy rains. Olusegun Afolayan, Director of Operations of NEMA in charge of Ekiti, Ondo and Osun States, [...]
©- - 07 august 2020 - 20:03:18 - thread Environment (432 words)


Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -  Heavy rains and flash floods have levelled hundreds of houses across the country, leaving many families homeless, the UN said here Monday. The month of August normally comes with heavy rains in most parts of the country, causing disasters in central, northern, and south eastern Sudan, including [...]
©- - 03 august 2020 - 20:46:54 - thread Environment (611 words)


Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Heavy rains that caused flooding left four people dead in the Assaba region of eastern Mauritania and caused the collapse of 22 houses in the Brakna region (located further west), according to the daily bulletin of the Ministry of Interior, obtained by PANA on Monday. The floods [...]
©- - 03 august 2020 - 17:11:08 - thread Environment (73 words)


Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The Government of Benin will strengthen civil protection measures against the floods in 2020, according to a decision taken by the Council of Ministers. The decision follows the National Meteorological Agency's forecast that the quantities of rainwater expected this year are higher than the average for the [...]
©- - 15 july 2020 - 18:10:08 - thread Environment (150 words)


Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - When torrential rains and flash floods deluged parts of Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital, Abidjan, an African Development Bank (AfDB) investment in weather data becomes critical in the disaster response efforts. While heavy rainfall is not unusual for Abidjan from May to July, the sheer volume experienced [...]
©- - 10 july 2020 - 18:11:24 - thread Environment (460 words)


Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday advised against building and farming on waterways to avert floods and the negative impact of heavy rainfall in the country. Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Mohammed, Director-General of NEMA, said in Abuja while briefing Journalists on the agency’s plan for [...]
©- - 10 july 2020 - 17:43:49 - thread Environment (417 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The number of Kenyans who have perished in ravaging floods in different parts of the country rose to 285 by Wednesday, the Devolution Ministry has announced. The rains started pounding Kenya and the larger East African region in October 2019. Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa told a press [...]
©- - 27 may 2020 - 12:03:14 - thread Environment (269 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities maybe forced to embark on forceful relocation of flood victims as the death toll occasioned by heavy rains hit 220 on Monday. Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said the rain pounding the country in recent months has left over 100,000 people displaced, houses and crops [...]
©- - 11 may 2020 - 13:08:59 - thread Environment (238 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 72 people have died over the last two days in seven districts across Rwanda since flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rains began earlier in the week, the ministry of Emergency Management said in a report obtained on Friday by PANA in Kigali. The worst [...]
©- - 08 may 2020 - 10:11:48 - thread Environment (305 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least two people were killed by lightning in Rwanda's North Western district of Rubavu on Monday, local media reported on Tuesday quoting a senior local administrative official in the region. The lightning incident followed rains and thunderstorms in several parts of Rubavu district on Congo Nile [...]
©- - 31 march 2020 - 14:04:47 - thread Environment (143 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A heavy rain which hit several parts of Rubavu district in northwestern Rwanda late Tuesday has destroyed some 17 residential homes, local administrative officials in the region confirmed on Wednesday. The Executive Secretary of Bugeshi Sector, which was the worst affected in Rubavu district, Jean Bosco Rwibasira, [...]
©- - 25 march 2020 - 15:05:47 - thread Environment (217 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Russia has donated US$200,000 to flood victims in Congo, PANA learned on Wednesday from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Humanitarian Action. This donation consists of a shipment of 35 tonnes of food and non-food supplies, including camping tents, blankets and rice. It will provide humanitarian assistance to [...]
©- - 18 march 2020 - 12:00:53 - thread Environment (84 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Record rainfall that hit several parts of Rwanda in the last three months has killed at least 53 people and left 84 others wounded, reports from the Ministry of Emergency Management indicated on Friday. The rain has also cut off 23 roads and destroyed at least 858 [...]
©- - 06 march 2020 - 12:27:27 - thread Environment (189 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -  Heavy rain which flooded several parts of Rwanda in the last two days have killed at least six people, including two individuals struck by lightning and leaving 29 others seriously wounded in eight mostly affected districts, a senior official from the ministry of Disaster management and [...]
©- - 04 march 2020 - 21:31:18 - thread Environment (208 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -  A rainstorm that swept across Rwanda late Monday caused landslides and killed at least 4 people, leaving 13 others seriously wounded, a senior Government official confirmed to PANA in Kigali on Tuesday. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs, Olivier Kayumba, said [...]
©- - 03 march 2020 - 17:45:59 - thread Environment (184 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundian ministry of public security and disaster prevention drew up, on Friday, a death toll of 461 people, 700 others injured and more than 65,000 ha of farm lands destroyed following torrential rains which caused floods and landslides since last September. The same bad weather has [...]
©- - 28 february 2020 - 17:56:50 - thread Environment (358 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Humanitarian, technical and financial partners have been able to mobilize nearly US$ 11 million or 26 percent of estimated needs to fight the menace Congo floods, the acting United Nations system coordinator in Brazzaville, Cyr Modeste Kouamé, announced on Friday. "The money mobilized is 26 percent of [...]
©- - 28 february 2020 - 17:39:41 - thread Environment (382 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundi Geographical Institute (IGEBU) warned on Wednesday of above-seasonal rainfall for the coming months in a country where there is already significant material and human damage attributed to climate change affecting 15 of Burundi's 18 provinces. As a result of climate change, which is currently characterized [...]
©- - 12 february 2020 - 16:37:48 - thread Environment (407 words)


Binga, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Flash flooding has hit parts of Zimbabwe’s western province, Matabeleland North, prompting a response from the southern African nation’s air force that provided two helicopters to assist affected people. In a statement, the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works said that Binga District in Matabeleland North [...]
©- - 11 february 2020 - 14:39:19 - thread Environment (380 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA)  -  At least 67 houses were destroyed after heavy rains in Huye district, about 130 Km from Kigali in Southern Rwanda this week, a senior administrative official in the region confirmed Friday. There were no casualties as the residents escaped unhurt in the villages of Karama, Rusatira , [...]
©- - 07 february 2020 - 22:11:55 - thread Environment (277 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -  Rwanda's meterological agency has warned of impending heavy rains to hit 6 districts with the possibility to expand across other regions beginning Monday. In its latest weather forecast posted Monday, the weather department warned that the torrential rains will especially be experienced in Kigali city and other [...]
©- - 03 february 2020 - 21:53:09 - thread Environment (265 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -  At least 13 people have been killed and several others wounded after a downpour on Sunday led to widespread floods and landslides in the  suburbs of Kigali, the Rwandan capital, a senior official of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs said on  Monday. The most [...]
©- - 03 february 2020 - 16:00:02 - thread Environment (198 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The heavy rains that pounded the Burundi capital throughout Tuesday evening have caused material damage, including the destruction of at least 150 houses in the most poorly-serviced southern, northern and central working-class neighbourhoods of Bujumbura, local administrative sources and distressed victims said on Wednesday. Miraculously, there were [...]
©- - 29 january 2020 - 14:15:12 - thread Environment (368 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA)  - The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported here Sunday that 14 people were killed, 33 injured while 986 households were displaced following heavy rains that hit the national capital in the last week of December 2019. The OCHA, in its latest assessment of the floods, [...]
©- - 05 january 2020 - 11:50:39 - thread Environment (580 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Over 1,000 houses have been destroyed by recent floods-in Kenya as heavy rains pounding eastern Africa subside. Victims, who lost goats, sheep, pets and household goods, live in low-lying, flood-prone areas in Kisumu County of western  Kenya. According the region's administrators, they have moved to buildings on higher [...]
©- - 30 december 2019 - 14:10:58 - thread Environment (157 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The short dry season has not been a happy one in Burundi at the end of the year. Instead, the worst floods have occurred in the country, causing enormous human and material damage due to global climate change, climate activists here said here Sunday. Burundi normally has [...]
©- - 29 december 2019 - 12:55:48 - thread Environment (511 words)


Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – At least 12 people were killed, about 30 injured and many others reported missing following heavy rains in Burundi’s economic capital, Bujumbura, on Saturday night. This is according to the latest death toll released by the minister of Public Safety and Disaster Prevention, Alain Guillaume Bunyoni. Northeast Bujumbura [...]
©- - 22 december 2019 - 16:52:55 - thread Environment (205 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Railways has confirmed the death of its crew members died in a train accident between Pallaroad and Mahalapye early on Tuesday. About 400 train passengers were safely evacuated from the accident scene about 150 km from Gaborone, the capital. The Botswana Railways Express train derailed near Bonwapitse [...]
©- - 10 december 2019 - 18:33:29 - thread Environment (201 words)