“It’s a disaster for a country that was fighting to develop,” said Antoine Mbaobogo, President of the Central African Red Cross. “People are displaced, infrastructure is destroyed.”
Central African Republic – Since mid-October, more than 600,000 Central Africans have been displaced. The Central African Red Cross estimates that more than 48,000 residents of Bangui, CAR have been left homeless, seven dead with 25 left injured due to the worst flooding the country has seen in two decades.
In a country of approximately 4.7 million people, where most are in deep poverty and facing brutal violence, the heavy rains and the overflowing of the Oubangui River has become a huge natural catastrophe. On October 25th, Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada declared a state of emergency in an already suffering CAR.
According to Move One’s Regional Manager – West Africa, Nazir Abderahim, both international and domestic transport can be severely affected as destruction occurs in and around Bangui. He explains, “there is an incredible stress on our already weak communications system as the floods and damage impact our internet, electricity and telecom networks. Until this time, our experienced team has been able to quickly adapt and find solutions to ensure our ongoing projects do not face disruption. We will continue to set new procedures in place until improvements are made so that our customers continue to receive the very best service throughout the region.”