The inter-agency aid operation will bring food, sanitation and hygiene supplies, nutrition and health assistance to Rukban. Some 10,000 children will be vaccinated against Measles, Polio and other deadly diseases.
Normal to above-normal rainfall is predicted for January to March 2018. While conducive to agricultural production, the rains will inevitably lead to flooding, and tropical cyclones will likely affect Indian Ocean countries.
Since 1 April, the number of displaced people tops 190,000, nearly 20,000 fled last month alone. Humanitarian situation has been significantly deteriorating inside the city, protection for trapped civilians remains of high concern.
Many ideas are emerging about how growing African cities can cut their risks. Among them: organise slum dwellers to improve the infrastructure or simply sort out which risks are the key ones, experts say.