Central African Republic Humanitarian snapshot (as at 6 April 2013)
Seleka seized control of Central African Republic on 24th March 2013. President Bozizé ed to Cameroon, sought refuge to Benin; widespread looting reported across Bangui in wake of coup d’Etat.
Humanitarian needs in the country have dramatically increased as a result of the conflict and seizure of power. Humanitarian coverage has reduced but NGOs maintain presence and operations in Bangui as well as in the interior of the country despite the persistent insecurity.
Assessments are being carried out to better identify needs geographically and by sector.
Hospitals lack staff and medecines
Hospitals with minimal staff are providing urgent care to patients with support from medical INGOs (MSF, PU-AMI, IMC) and UNICEF.
More medical supplies including fuel for generators, medicines and surgical kits are urgently required. Basic drugs and hygiene products cannot be purchased locally due to unavailability. Three therapeutic nutrition centres and 12 ambulatory therapeutic nutritional units are still operational with support from ACF and UNICEF.
UNOCHA continues to support coordination eorts in both Bangui and Yaoundé, the support office for many relocated United Nations and INGO staff evacuated from CAR.
The remaining clusters are currently reviewing their in-country capacity and will begin assessments in the coming weeks.
Food crisis looms in CAR
The recent escalation of conflict in CAR has increased population displacement and resulted in losses to household livelihood assets and disruption of agricultural and market activities. FEWSNET predicts that the food security will likely decline to Crisis level by the second quarter of 2013
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