West and Central Africa Region Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (17 - 22 July 2014)
116,000 CAR REFUGEES
As of 11 July, 116,449 CAR refugees have been registered by UNHCR in Cameroon. 48,185 are living in relocation sites and 61,915 are still at entry points or with host families. 2,984 Third Country Nationals are in need of repatriation support.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
IDPS DECREASE, KEY AID SUPPLY ROUTE DAMAGED
As of 17 July, the number of IDPs in CAR decreased from 530,300 to 528,000, of which 103,000 are located in 42 sites in Bangui. On 21 July, it was reported that the main humanitarian supply route from Bangui to Cameroon had been interrupted since 18 July, due to a damaged bridge. An engineering team has repaired the bridge, but further works on the bridge and the road are required.
7,000 DISPLACED BY FLOODS IN THE SOUTH
Some 7,000 people in the southern prefectures of Sassandra, Fresco, San Pedro, and Grand Berreby have been displaced by floods. Of those, 5,000 persons are residing in primary schools and in need of relocation. In Abidjan, several neighbourhoods have been affected and at least 23 people killed by floods since the start of the rainy season in June.
50,000 PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FLOODS IN AND AROUND CAPITAL
Some 51,247 persons are affected by the floods occurring in Montserrado County, which includes the capital Monrovia. Affected persons are sheltered in schools, churches and in host communities. Malaria, diarrhea and other waterborne diseases were reported at refuge centers. Some cholera cases are also suspected.
15,000 PERSONS NEWLY DISPLACED IN BORNO AS ATTACKS CONTINUE
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed that recent clashes between insurgents and the military has displaced 15,204 people from Damboa town to other towns in Borno and to neighbouring Yobe state. Some 36 people were killed in two attacks in Borno this past week, a key bridge destroyed in Borno, and a German citizen kidnapped in Adamawa—all attributed to insurgency group Boko Haram. Borno state authorities announced that 900 schools have been destroyed and 176 teachers killed by Boko Haram in the Borno State since 2011.
488 NEW CHOLERA CASES AS RATES INCREASE, FLOODS PREDICTED
On 18 July, WHO announced that as of week 27, 488 cholera cases including 33 deaths were reported from 24 Local Government Areas in 8 States (viz. Adamawa, Bauchi,
Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Plateau and Zamfara), representing a 15 per cent increase as compared to last week. A total of 24,683 cases have been reported this year. Health workers are concerned that an on-going doctors strike could escalate incident rates. On 18 July, the Nigerian hydrological agency predicted flooding in Sokoto, Zamfara, Yobe,
Bauchi, Jigawa, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Taraba, Adamawa, Oyo, and Osun States.
67 NEW EBOLA CASES IN LIBERIA AND SIERRA LEONE
Some 67 new (suspected, probable and confirmed) cases and 19 deaths have reported in Liberia and Sierra Leone from 15-17 July. As of 17 July, the cumulative number of cases (confirmed, probable, and suspected) attributed to Ebola in the region is 1,048, including 632 deaths.
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