The floods have affected some roads, challenging humanitarian access in some areas. Roads becoming impassable have left an unspecified number of people isolated or stranded. Another issue challenging humanitarian access is fuel scarcity. Challenges in moving across affected areas, as well as insufficient funding to provide aid, are making data collection impossible, adding constraints to response and response capacities.
Political uncertainty in the Gambia, due to former President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept the results of the 1 December presidential election, drove thousands of Gambians to flee the country into Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. As of 22 January, over 76,000 people have reportedly sought shelter in Senegal since early January. An estimated 3,500 Gambians have sought safety in Guinea-Bissau since mid-January. Although some people have already begun to return, an estimated 50,000 Gambians remained in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau as of 24 January. Additionally, an estimated 150,000 people are internally displaced.