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19 Jan 2007 description

An IOM operation to provide return assistance to some 10,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from South Sudan's provinces of Eastern, Central and Western Equatoria is due to resume next week when a first group of some 350 IDPs will board an IOM chartered ferry that will take them on an 18-hour long journey up the White Nile from Juba to Bor, in Jonglei State.

The operation, which last year helped some 3,000 vulnerable IDPs return to their homeland in Bor County, was suspended in June because of the onslaught of the rainy season.

"Travel by river remains one of the most …

18 Oct 2006 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of CPC Seasonal Outlooks at 4 Months Lead:

February-April 2007 Forecasts

Gulf of Guinea Region

There is a tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall over most parts in the region, including Liberia, eastern Guinea, southern and eastern Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, and the northern halves of Togo and Benin.

Locust Update:

The FAO site (http://www.fao.org/ag/locusts/en/info/info/index.html) was last updated on …

25 Sep 2006 description

By Afaf Bukhari and Nawal Hassan, Sudanese Red Crescent, Photos by Haitham Ibrahim

As the waters of the Nile recede slowly in and around Khartoum, the 15,000 residents of Tuti Island - located in the confluence of the White and Blue Nile rivers - are inspecting the damage done by the recent flooding in the rivers.

It could have been worse - much worse, as families in other parts of the country are finding out the hard way. It is now estimated that more than 90 thousand people have been affected by the floods that have devastated large tracts of land in Sudan over the last few weeks.

15 Sep 2006 description

By Omar Valdimarsson in Khartoum, Sudan

Authorities in Khartoum fear that the ongoing flooding in Sudan will lead to further outbreaks of cholera and malaria, further aggravating the plight of more than 90 thousand people who have been affected by the flooding since the beginning of August. The Sudanese Red Crescent, supported by the International Federation, is now revising its preliminary emergency appeal that should be issued in the next few days.

13 Sep 2006 description
report World Vision

by Mohamad Almahady - World Vision Sudan Communications

World Vision has distributed non-food items to 450 flood-affected households in the areas of Dar al Salaam and Mayo near Khartoum city.

Among the non-food items distributed by World Vision was plastic sheeting, cooking kits and jerry cans.

Heavy rains in August led to widespread destruction in the area. Houses there are made of mud and are therefore particularly vulnerable to floods. Some of the affected population lost both their houses and belongings and are now homeless.

29 Aug 2006 description

AMMAN, August 29 (Petra) - His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday telephoned Sudanese President Omar Bashir to check on conditions in Sudan, in the wake of heavy floods that washed away many houses and displaced thousands of Sudanese people. During the call, the Monarch expressed the country's readiness to assist Sudan and Bashir expressed his appreciation of the King's support. Earlier yesterday, King Abdullah issued directives for the speedy dispatch of assistance to the Sudanese people.

28 Aug 2006 description
report Government of Egypt

Following the instructions of Foreign Minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa, affiliated to the Foreign Ministry, is preparing to ship urgent food and medical aid to Sudan, within the framework of the continuous Egyptian support to the Sudanese People to cope with the consequences of the destructive floods which struck provinces in the east and the center of Sudan, which caused the displacement of thousands, ruined the agricultural crops, and poses a threat of spreading epidemics.

23 Aug 2006 description

KHARTOUM, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Floods and heavy rain have killed at least 27 people and damaged about 10,000 homes in Sudan, the Interior Ministry and other sources said on Wednesday.

23 Aug 2006 description

Weekly Introduction:
Update of CPC Seasonal Outlooks at One-Month Lead: September - November 2006 Forecasts

East Africa

Climatology is expected across the domain, except, locally, over eastern Kenya, southern Somalia, and west central Uganda where there is a slight tilt in the odds toward above normal rainfall.

Northern Horn of Africa

21 Aug 2006 description

By Charlotte Brudenell, ACT-Caritas in Darfur

One boy dies, houses collapse, crops destroyed and water sources contaminated in one of the worst floods Kubum has seen for years.

Kubum, western South Darfur, 21 August 2006 - As residents of Kubum started their day's work on the morning of Thursday, August 10, water started flowing into the town and the villages of Falanduge and Nyilela.

18 Aug 2006 description

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies today issued preliminary emergency appeals for a total of approximately 1.7 million Swiss francs (1.4 million US$/1.1 million€) to provide urgently-needed assistance to thousands of people affected by steadily increasing flooding in Ethiopia and Sudan. Revised appeals for assistance are expected to be issued in the coming weeks, as results of ongoing assessments become available.

16 Aug 2006 description
report UN Mission in Sudan

Below is a near verbatim transcript of the press conference by held on 16th August 2006 at the UNMIS Press Briefing Room, Ramsis Building.

16 Aug 2006 description

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]
NAIROBI, 16 August (IRIN) - Rising floodwaters have displaced more than 2,200 families from the Amri community living near the Merowe/Hamadab dam on the River Nile in northern Sudan, local sources say.