Republic of the Congo

USAID is providing safe drinking water, emergency latrines, hygiene kits, and relief supplies to people affected by flooding. Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Brazzaville

Key Developments

Since October 3, heavy rains and subsequent flooding have affected around 41,000 people along the Ubangi River in the Republic of Congo (RoC). Assessments have identified damage to crops and food stocks, loss of livestock, population displacement, and inundation of health centers, residences, and schools among communities already experiencing significant humanitarian needs. Priority needs include food assistance, health care, protection services, relief items, shelter materials, and water, sanitation, and hygiene support. Additionally, humanitarians remain concerned that the ongoing flooding could contaminate drinking water and increase the risk of vector- and waterborne disease spread. The Government of RoC issued an appeal for international assistance on November 7 and is coordinating with relief organizations to address urgent needs; however, the flooding continues to constrain access to some affected areas.

On November 18, U.S. Ambassador Todd P. Haskell declared a disaster due to the effects of the floods. In response, USAID is providing $100,000 to UNICEF to provide safe drinking water, emergency latrines, hygiene kits, and other critical aid. USAID disaster experts in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Nairobi, Kenya; and Washington, D.C., continue to monitor the situation in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville.

Background

The Republic of Congo is susceptible to myriad natural disasters, including cyclical drought, epidemics, floods, and food insecurity. In addition to natural disaster risks, RoC continues to face challenges in restoring democratic governance following the 1997 civil war, which significantly affected eastern RoC’s Pool Department.

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