Nearly 20,200 new refugees from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan arrived in Uganda in May and June. The majority of new arrivals to Uganda in May came from South Sudan, while the majority in June came from the DRC, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). June 2018 saw the lowest number of monthly arrivals from Burundi into neighbouring countries in the region over the past year, and nearly 10,6000 Burundians were repatriated from Tanzania in May and June. Meanwhile, the number of IDPs in the region increased, primarily as a result of floods from March to May.
The Ebola outbreak in Equateur Province of the DRC was largely contained by the end of June. However, cholera outbreaks remained active in several countries across the Great Lakes. The DRC recorded over 12,200 cholera cases, including 363 deaths, from January to June. In Uganda, a new cholera outbreak was reported in the capital, Kampala, in May, with 92 suspected cases, including one death, reported as at 20 June. In Tanzania, cholera cases from January to June 2018 (2,740) were nearly double the number reported during the same period in 2017 (1,470). Other outbreaks affecting the region in May and June, included measles in the DRC and Uganda, anthrax in Arua, Uganda, and Dengue fever in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
The number of severely food insecure people in the region reduced to an estimated 9.5 million in June. This followed the results of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) in Burundi, where the number of severely food insecure people has decreased to 1.67 million, down from 2.6 million at the same time last year, including as a result of favourable rains which led to better agricultural production.
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