AFRICA FLOODS 2007          
                 A SITE TO INFORM AND CONNECT                





    Trace a line across Africa at its widest point, from Cap Vert Peninsula in Senegal to Ras Hafun in Somalia—a distance of almost 5000 miles. The line cuts across twenty countries that lie, in part or in their entirety, along the southern verge of the Sahara Desert: the Sudano-Sahelian Belt.  Over 200 million people make their homes in this region, the large majority of them sustained by subsistence farming, or by herding animals. Every year, as the midyear equinox approaches, every one of them awaits the end of the long dry season and the coming of the rains.

    This year when the rains came, the ground—baked brick-hard after months of drought—could not absorb it all. In one country after another—in Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo—swollen rivers spilled over their banks and washed away houses, bridges and roads, crops, livestock, entire communities. In Benin, Niger, Nigeria, and Chad, in Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia, all the way across the continent.Almost 2 million square miles of land was inundated. Even to the south, where Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda suffered the heaviest flooding in decades. Precise numbers are difficult to confirm, but government and humanitarian organizations estimate in excess of 1.5 million people have been affected—in many cases, by losing everything they possess.

    This crisis may well be a harbinger of things to come.

Climate Change and Underdevelopment

Affected Nations: Country-by-country statistics