Sudan: Flash Update August 6, 2013 (issue # 1)

Over 98,000 people affected by rains and floods in Sudan

According to the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) and the Khartoum State Commission for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work (CVHW), over 98,000 people in seven states, namely Khartoum, River Nile, Red Sea, Blue Nile, Northern, South Darfur and North Darfur, have been affected by flooding following heavy rains from 1 – 4 August. Eleven deaths, the majority of which were in Khartoum, have also been reported. SRCS has been collaborating closely with relevant stakeholders to respond to floods, including as a member of the High Council for Civil Defence (HCCD) chaired by the Interior Minister.

In response, SRCS activated the emergency operation rooms at national and state levels with 1,500 volunteers put on alert for an emergency response as needed. SRCS held a series of meeting with various stakeholders at national and state level to discuss response plan. In addition, SRCS Khartoum branch deployed 700 volunteers to evacuate, provide psycho-social support and first aid services to the affected population. A total of 2,000 tarpaulins, 2,000 sleeping mats, 2,000 hygiene kits and 300 tents have been allocated from its own emergency stock for immediate response. Reported needs are emergency shelter, water and sanitation, health services and psycho-social care. SRCS has submitted an appeal of approximately CHF 300,000 for flood response for seven flood-affected states, with focus on River Nile and Khartoum, to the IFRC-managed Disaster Emergency Relief Fund (DERF).

Some agencies have been approached by the authorities for emergency assistance. For example, the Khartoum State Commission for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work (CVHW) has requested UNHCR to provide 40,000 pieces of non-food relief items for people of South Sudanese origin living in departure points/open areas in Khartoum. Although the National Flood Task Force (chaired by the federal HAC) has not been reactivated for the 2013 rainy season, OCHA has been working on preparedness with the sectors through their designated focal points and continues providing updates when available. Some sectors such as Health and WASH have supported their line ministries (e.g. Ministry of Health and Water and Environmental Sanitation) by providing emergency relief items to enhance their preparedness, which can be allocated to flood-affected areas in a timely manner.

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