Mali: Complex Emergency Situation Report No. 25 (as of 13 February 2013)
Access continues to improve in central regions, and the Mopti Governor has officially opened the Sévaré -Douentza road to daytime traffic. In the north, partners are using the Niger River to deliver aid to parts of Timbuktu region, and limited deliveries and pre-positioning have also left for Gao. To date, partners have shared 12 assessments from the north and centre since 17 January.
A potential food security crisis is brewing in parts of the north, where people are highly dependent on disrupted trade flows for food. Partners predict that crisis conditions (IPC Level 3) could be widespread in the north and parts of Mopti region by April.
New displacements have largely levelled off, although no information is available on possible displacements following violence this week in Gao. Most surveyed IDPs in Bamako and Koulikoro – over a third of all IDPs – intend to return home, with most waiting for security to improve. Observed returns to date remain extremely limited.
Insecurity remains a serious threat. Armed groups claim to have mined areas around northern cities, and two suicide bombings and street battles took place in Gao this week. On 8 February, intra-military clashes in Bamako also caused concern.
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