The excessive rainfall resulted in water logging and flooding causing damage to human settlement and shelter, infrastructure, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, education, and agriculture and food security. The flood affected a total number of 200 people (100 households) with, 300 households displaced.
The floods have caused damage to main food and cash crops especially maize, millet, sorghum, cassava, rice, sweet potatoes and cotton due to severe water logging and nutrient leaching. The damage to crops was so severe that it will result in reduced yields and food insecurity. At the time of the assessment, the number of livestock that were reported to have died due to the floods was minimal. However, there was a high risk of outbreaks of foot rot and foot and mouth diseases.
Emergency Assistance Requirements
The population severely affected by the floods and displaced will require food assistance for nine months. This assistance will be general food distribution for the chronically vulnerable who were affected by floods such as the aged, disabled and not able to work and child headed households. The malnutrition situation of the children is best described as precarious with the prevalence of Severe Acute Malnutrition found to be 2.3% of which 0.6% had bilateral oedema. Global Acute Malnutrition was 7.7% indicating an increase of 2.1% based on the June 2007 in-depth findings. In addition, assistance to facilitate the rehabilitation of affected households through the provision of inputs for off season production in places where winter cropping is practiced will be required. This is necessary to restore the agricultural production base of affected households through provision of agriculture input support.
Relief food assistance will be channeled to the affected households with insufficient crop production due to crop damage by the floods and to those with no livestock or other sources of income to purchase food and other basic needs. It will especially be channeled to female, child and elderly- headed households without visible means of survival. . It is proposed that the total contribution of US$17000 would be used for buying tons of maize, early maturing seed maize and, assorted vegetable seeds at and sanitary pads for girls.