OCHA Flash Update 6 - Armed conflict, 12 December 2013

Situation Overview:

The security situation in CAR is volatile and unpredictable. Inter- community tension remains high with continuous reports of killings and looting. However, there was relative calm in Bangui on 12 December with more people roaming the streets. The Air France commercial flight also announced the resumption of business after flights to Bangui had been suspended on 3 December.

Estimated impact:

The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) continuous to increase as violence persists. There are now over 160,000 IDPs in Bangui gathered in over 40 sites, with the highest concentration in churches, religious sites and the Bangui international airport. So far, more than 500 people have been killed over the past week in sectarian fighting. Aid workers have collected 461 bodies in Bangui since 5 December and the number continues to increase. In PK5 72 bodies have been taken to the local mosques in the past two days.

Coordination and assessments:

The Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) team undertook six multi-sectorial assessments from 9 to 11 December on IDP sites in Bangui. The most urgent needs include: food and non-food items, access to healthcare, water, sanitation and hygiene.

At the St Bernard site in Bangui, the RRM team sensitized the community on a planned non-food items distribution for 7,500 IDP.

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