Chad floods leave 70 000 homeless

2010-09-12 09:01

Libreville - Heavy rains in Chad have caused flooding in more than half of the country's regions, leaving nearly 70 000 homeless and threatening the country's food security, a UN agency said on Saturday.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said it estimated nearly 145 000 people in Chad have been hit by flooding and over 31 000ha of crops lost.

But those figures would climb as some areas are still unaccessible, it added.

"The floods could exacerbate food insecurity for some households in areas where (floods) washed away crops and destroyed livelihoods," OCHA's Chad office said in a statement.