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Recent Floods Affected Over 13000 Women & Children

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One of the areas affected by the recent floods 


By Landing Ceesay

The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) 5th Situational Report revealed that 13,053 women and children have been affected by the recent floods that hit the country.

The reported specified that 9,965 children between 0 to 59 months are affected; while 3,088 pregnant and breastfeeding women have been affected by the floods. 

“Children under 5 account for 21% of affected populations and are particularly at risk of water-borne diseases caused by water contamination. While females account for 51% of the total and 3,088 pregnant and breastfeeding women have been recorded as affected thus far. 1,824 persons with disabilities have been affected,” NDMA Sitrep 5 stated.

The report added that based on the satellite analysis of the affected areas,  the flash floods have affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in The Gambia.

The Department of Water Resources revealed that the rainfall quantity recorded during this period was 276 mm at Banjul International Airport, Yundum.

The July 30 th and 31 st Flash floods are the worst that have hit the Gambia in many years. 

The torrential rain associated with thunderstorms resulted to flash floods that affected many parts of the country.

The incident have caused 11 deaths, affected 407 water points, partially damaged 4, 259  households, and

completely damaged 3,617 households nationwide, mainly in the Kanifing Municipality, according to the report.

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