Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, has said that there is an urgent need to mobilise additional funding for a sustained and proportionate response to the crisis in Chad.
MSF, in a statement, said that the recent floods that hit central and southern regions of the country have exacerbated the needs of communities who now have their homes submerged in water.
Since the start of 2022, Chad has witnessed extreme weather conditions related to the current climate emergency which has affected more than one million people across 18 of the country’s 23 regions.
‘These latest floods have exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation’, Alexis Balekage said in the statement.
‘Chad experiences floods every year, yet the scale of the phenomenon this year is far more significant.
‘It has led to large-scale displacement and immense needs that greatly outweigh the current response, in a country that continues to be almost invisible in terms of international attention’.
As of 15 November, more than 155,000 people in the nation’s capital, N’Djamena, had been displaced from their homes by floods, according to the United Nations (UN).
People sheltering in various displacement sites are exposed to various health risks, particularly during the current seasonal peak of malaria.
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