Torrential rains have resulted in flash floods across the northern town of Douentza, Mali, where hundreds of homes have been destroyed or damaged.
The floods struck soon after heavy rains began battering the region on 18 July 2016, and have left many families without food and shelter. The food reserves that villages in and around Douentza rely upon in case of emergencies have also been ruined.
Islamic Relief is one of relatively few aid agencies already operating in Douentza, with longer-term projects running in the area to support those most in need. Due to the ongoing security situation in the northern parts of the country, it is highly unlikely that any other NGO will be able to access this area.
Their plight may not hit the headlines, but our existing presence on the ground has allowed us to remain abreast of the situation. After conducting an initial needs assessment, the team in Mali began distributing food aid and essential items to the affected villages, including plastic sheets, cooking utensils, water purification tablets and mosquito nets to prevent the spread of disease for those left homeless by the floods. Islamic Relief has been helping people affected by civil war and natural disasters in Mali since 1997.