Sudan: Flash Update August 19, 2013 (issue # 5)

Humanitarian response to flooding in Sudan continues

Overview

• Following the heavy rains that began in early August, the estimated number of floodaffected people across Sudan has risen to over 260,000 with 45 deaths reported, according to the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) as of 18 August. The FMoH also reported over 50,000 houses either totally destroyed or partially damaged

• Khartoum State is severely affected with over 128,000 people whose houses were destroyed or damaged by heavy rains and floods, according to the FMoH.

• Flooding as a result of heavy rains in Damazine town and Bau locality over the weekend has affected some 10,887 families (approximately 54,435 people), according to a joint verification exercise by the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) and the national NGO Mubadiroon. This has brought the number of flood-affected people in Blue Nile State to over 60,000.

• The Government of Sudan is leading and coordinating the overall emergency response. The Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) called on 18 August a meeting in which participants from WHO, UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR, OCHA, ICRC, IOM, the INGO Steering Committee National and other national actors (Governmental and non-Governmental entities) attended.

• Across Sudan, the FMoH reported a total of 102 out of required 104 emergency health facilities are functioning with pre-positioned supplied provided by WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA.

• The FMoH has identified environmental sanitation, for example, vector control and waste management, as priority to avoid an outbreak of communicable diseases.

• The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an emergency appeal of CHF 920,000 (in cash, kind or services) to support the SRCS in assisting up to 7,000 families (35,000 people) for six months in three priority states – River Nile, Northern and Khartoum.

• As challenges remain in regard to access, a detailed multi-sector needs assessment is not yet available.

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