DR Congo

Humanitarian Action in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Weekly Report, 8 January 2010

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- Humanitarian needs are reported in Dongo, in the Equateur Province, following intercommunal clashes

- Approximately 45 new cholera cases have been reported in North-Kivu

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Situation in Equateur Province

- Despite the presence of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) in Dongo, in the Equateur Province, the humanitarian situation in the Sud-Ubangi district remains a concern. Dozens of thousands of people have been displaced and many more have fled their home to seek protection in Central African Republic (CAR) and in the Republic of Congo (RoC), according to the last inter agency mission that took place from 21 to 28 December 2009. The humanitarian situation described by the mission is relatively alarming: the child mortality rate is 12%, the chronic malnutrition rate is 45% (source: the National Nutrition Programme, PRONANUT)), the HIV/AIDS rate is 5.3% (source: the National AIDS programme, PNLS)). According to the cluster for water and sanitation, only 27.8% of the needs have been covered in terms of potable water, while according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 63.5% of households are facing a situation of food insecurity. The access to the region remains very limited with only the 14% of the territory accessible. The inter agency mission recommends to finalise urgently the response plan as well as to launch humanitarian operations at the beginning of the year.

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