Donkey-pulled carts and canoes deliver food to communities isolated by floods
In Burkina Faso 21,000 people have been affected by the floods. Many villages in the Yagha district of the Sahel region are isolated as heavy rains have left roads impassable. Through a convoy of trucks, donkey-pulled carts and canoes, WFP is reaching more than 8,000 people in the Yagha district.
Trucks transport WFP food assistance as far as road conditions permit. After the food is unloaded from the trucks, donkey-pulled carts act as an intermediate mode of transportation, carrying the food to flooded areas where it is then loaded into canoes.
A convoy of donkey-pulled carts reaches the flooded areas, at which point WFP food assistance is transported to the vulnerable communities via waterways.
Food is loaded into canoes to be relayed to communities in the Sahel district of Burkina.
Canoes gather to transport WFP food assitance.
WFP food commodities cross flooded areas in canoes that navigate waterways.
A man paddles through flooded areas to deliver food to a distribution point.
The end of September marks the transition from the height of the hunger season to the beginning of the harvest. Steady rainfall across the region is leading to the growth of crops and pasture and the filling of water points, but there has been extreme flooding in some areas, especially in Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad.
A single canoe can carry multiple bags of WFP food commodities.
A man carries WFP food assistance from a donkey-pulled cart to a canoe. Heavy rains and flooding have resulted in severe damage to plantations and devasated cropland.
WFP food commodities reach the delivery point and are then distributed to the most vulnerable households. Ahead of the October harvest, the humanitarian needs are still huge. WFP and partners are implementing a regional response to reach more than 10 million people with food assistance in eight countries across the Sahel.
The rainy season in Burkina Faso can lead to torrential rains and floods. Whilst access to distribution point can be difficult during the dry season, it becomes sometimes impossible during the rainy season. Roads are rendered non practicable. Entire plots of lands are flooded, isolating numerous villages where food assistance is most needed at this time of the year.
WFP Burkina in its tenacious fight against hunger in the country has collaborated with local communities in order to ensure the continuous food delivery. The trucks reach as close as possible the delivery points. Then, local community and WFP staffs are organizing traditional transports means in order to reach the delivery points. In the Sahel region, WFP staff has worked in symbiosis with its beneficiaries to access villages across flooded areas.