Heavy seasonal rains have triggered floods in Senegal, displacing thousands of families from their homes. Contaminated standing water in the affected communities–which in some areas may not drain away for months–has raised the risks of malaria and waterborne disease. Inundation of gardens and markets has reduced food supplies and sources of income–a serious problem for the many who rely on their earnings each day to feed their families.
Oxfam is launching a program to assist 30,000 people affected by the floods by providing water purification systems, relief materials, and repairs to sanitation facilities. Rather than distribute food, we will provide cash payments– a program with two goals: ensure that residents can purchase the food they most want and need, and help speed the recovery of the local economy.
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