Mali: Humanitarian Bulletin, April – May 2016

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 31 May 2016

In this issue
Lean season: 3 million people in food insecurity p.2
Limited access to Kidal by air p.2
Status of schools closed at the end of the school year p.4
Assistance to victims of gender based violence p.5
Response to malnutrition in the Timbuktu region p.6
New electronic consultation register in the Segou region p.6

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Need to rehabilitate hydraulic systems

  • 3 million people suffer from food insecurity

  • Resurgence of security incidents

  • Displaced people and returnees more vulnerable to the risks posed by explosive devices

Need to rehabilitate hydraulic systems in the North

Nearly 635,000 people do not have access to drinking water in the northern and central regions affected by the crisis, as estimated by the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster. According to the Cluster, access to water in the northern regions - both in terms of quantity/quality of water consumed and average distance travelled to get it - is well below the national average of 65.6 percent.

In its assessment report on the situation of water supply in the regions of Gao and Kidal, the NGO IEDA Relief states that the shortage of water in the north is both linked to the consequences of the conflict and insecurity and to natural and structural factors. The report indicates that drinking water supply infrastructure has been seriously damaged during the conflict and that it is urgent to rehabilitate non-functional water points.

Moreover, to ensure continuous production of drinking water in the towns of Gao and Kidal, the report stresses on the importance of guaranteeing the supply of fuel for the generators of the water supply systems. The NGO also advocates for free distributions of water in this very hot period where the level of the water table has declined significantly.

Despite the magnitude of the needs identified, the actions of humanitarian partners remain limited due to lack of resources. As at 3 June 2016, the WASH Cluster indicates that its activities are funded by 16 percent only.

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