Photos by CARE Chad
A recent CARE report found that, because of its unique geographic circumstances, North Africa’s vulnerability to the negative effects of climate change increases every year, with disproportionate impacts on women, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and Indigenous groups.
This year, heavy rainfall in Chad has caused catastrophic floods in 18 of the country’s 23 provinces, displacing over 200,000 households and destroying health facilities, roads, bridges, crops, and water systems.
In October, the Government of Chad declared a state of emergency and called for national and international solidarity to help the more than one million people affected by the floods.
The climate-fueled disaster comes as Chad is already suffering from an unprecedented food crisis, with more than half a million people already suffering from food insecurity.
Dr. Amadou Bocoum, CARE Chad’s Country Director, said:
We are particularly concerned about the impact of the floods on vulnerable groups including female-headed households, the elderly and those with disabilities. We express our solidarity to the regional crisis committees, the inhabitants, and all those affected by the floods.
We urgently need more support from donors, national and international, to scale-up our response. The situation is critical and the time to act is now to avert the threat posed by waterborne diseases, save lives, and restore livelihoods.”