Flooding situation of West Africa

Published : November 2020

While extreme weather events (droughts, floods)occur regularly in the fragile Sahelian areas, the situation was quite exceptional in 2020. Nearly all countries in the region experienced heavy rains. According to UNOCHA, flooding affected some 1.8 million people in the region and destroyed 162 000 homes. Some 62 000 Nigerians became internally displaced. The impacts were particularly severe in Niger, Nigeria and Chad – all three countries were already struggling with the food and nutrition crisis, further weakening the livelihoods of vulnerable populations. Some 0.5 million in Niger received emergency assistance through the national response plan.

Countries : Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Region

Themes : Agriculture & Value chains, Climate change & Adapation, Resilience, Social protection, Water

Scale : National, Regional (West Africa)

Langs : English

See also

Sahel and West Africa: Regional food and nutrition outlook


Sahel and West Africa: 42.5 million in crisis situation (phase 3-5) projection June-August 2023


Sahel and West Africa: 29.5 million people in crisis phase ( 3-5) March-May 2023


Sahel and West Africa: 28.9 million people in crisis phase ( 3-5) November-December 2022


Sahel and West Africa: 27.3 million of people in crisis phase ( 3-5), March-may 2022