Cameroon’s Far North Region grapples with flood, Boko Haram menace

Cameroon’s Far North Region grapples with flood, Boko Haram menace

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Heavy downpours from the month of August 2020 have caused flooding in some parts of Cameroon leaving thousands homeless. Major towns and villages in Western Cameroon, have had their own fair share of the effects of this widespread flooding.

One of the regions of Cameroon worst hit by this phenomenon is the Far North Region. The region that shares boundary with Chad and Nigeria is also the hardest hit by the Boko Haram crisis in Northern Cameroon. Just last month, at least 19 people, including two suicide bombers, died and 16 others were injured in an attack initiated by Boko Haram near the village of Nguetchewe, in the Far North region according to Cameroon’s Defense Ministry. Though at war, the region equally holds thousand of refugees from Nigeria.

5,000 people according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have been made homeless as a result of the flooding. Cameroon Red Cross on her part says 5,553 people including children under five years and 407 individuals with special needs have no place to lay their heads. Coupled to the lost of shelter, personal belongings and livestock, field crops have equally been destroyed by the flood.

The road linking Maroua from Kousseri and neighboring Chad and Nigeria has been cut off as a result of the collapse of the Palar Bridge, which links these countries together. This bridge also links Maya Sava and the Logone and Chari Divisions.


Government’s Response

A delegation of Seven government ministers led by Cameroon’s interior minister, Paul Atanga Nji is visiting this region to assess the effects of the flood on inhabitants. They are equally donating relief materials to flood victims. The ministers are expected to also soften the grounds for reconstruction works to begin. It should be noted that the Northern part of Cameroon is the poorest region of Cameroon, Far North Region forming part of it. This region has the lowest literacy rate in Cameroon, and is also increasingly being hit by desertification.

Report also confirms that the convoy of these ministers had an accident Saturday September 5. One minister who reportedly sustained injuries has been taken to the hospital alongside several others injured. No dead has been reported so far.

The National Observatory on climate change classified Mayo Kani, Mayo Sava and the Logone and Charie Divisions of the Far North as very high risk zones for floods during the rainy season.

Last year more than 70,0000 people were serious affected by floods in this region. There are fears that heavy downpours which characterize this period will further cause more flooding.

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