CERF provides US$2 million for flood-affected people in Cameroon
9 October 2012: The fierce drought in the Sahel region has been substituted by heavy flooding affecting more than 30,000 people in the north and far-north regions of Cameroon.
The flooding has severely damaged households, schools and plantations, and forced families to abandon their homes. The floods have hit during the peak of the cropping season, causing severe harvest shortfalls. In addition, the regions have been hit by a cholera epidemic and a measles outbreak that further threaten the health conditions of affected people.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$2 million to help three UN agencies respond to flood-affected people in Cameroon.
CERF responds to drought and food insecurity with $4.8 million grant for Cameroon
2 March 2012: The north of Cameroon is located in the Sahel region and experienced droughts in 2009 and 2011 and floods in 2010.
Each of these years has resulted in a high degree of crop failure, leaving the population with limited or nonexistent stocks for the lean season and increasing the gap between food production and food needs.
An estimated 5.5 million people are living in the Far North region of Cameroon and the majority are farmers and agro-pastoralists.
One-third of rural households are food vulnerable or food insecure.
CERF allocates $2 million to Cameroon in response to yellow fever outbreak in Cameroon
19 January 2012: Since 2 November 2011, a yellow fever epidemic has hit the North Region of Cameroon. More than 20 cases of yellow fever have been reported in eight of the 15 districts of the Region. More than 1.2 million people in Cameroon are at risk of the disease and there is concern of its spread to neighboring countries.
CERF in Action - Rapid Response
CERF in Action - Underfunded Emergencies
With humanitarian needs increasing, CERF allocated some US$55 million for the second underfunded emergencies window in August 2012 to bolster operations in eight neglected humanitarian emergencies.
Allocations for Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Sudan bring the total amount provided by CERF for underfunded emergencies this year to more than $158 million.
Thirteen countries were given nearly $104 million in the first 2012 underfunded round in January 2012.