West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (19 - 25 September 2017)
CHOLERA OUTBREAK CLAIMS 51 LIVES, INFECTS 422
Fifty-one people have died and 422 others fallen ill following a cholera outbreak that erupted in mid-August in the eastern Sila region. The outbreak has since spread to around 30 villages in two health districts. Rising river waters have complicated access to some of the affected villages. The outbreak has also spread to neighbouring Salamat region, where 22 cases including five deaths have been reported. WHO, UNICEF, MSF and Concern Worldwide are supporting health services, but the response needs to be scaled up with more partners and resources, particularly in the WASH sector.
BURUNDIAN REFUGEES TO BE RELOCATED
Some 2,900 Burundian refugees are to be relocated from Kamanyola town in Sud Kivu Province following the shooting to death of 37 of them by Congolese forces on 15 September. They will be transferred to Mulongwe area, located 175km south of Kamanyola, in a move aimed at easing tensions between the refugees and the host community. The soldiers opened fire on the refugees who were demanding the release of several of their compatriots who had been arrested a few days earlier.
FLOODS KILL 10, DOZENS MISSING
At least 10 people were killed, several dozens wounded or missing after heavy rains on 19 September caused a river’s banks to burst, triggering floods and mudslides in Bihambwe and Muheto villages in Masisi Territory of Nord Kivu Province. Some of the wounded were transferred to Goma and others treated at the local health centre. A provincial government delegation arrived in Masisi on 20 September to take stock of the situation and provide medicines and household items to the survivors.
194,000 PEOPLE DEVASTATED BY FLOODS
Around 194,000 people have been affected by flooding that has also claimed 54 lives across the country this year, according to Government estimates released on 20 September. Some 9,000 houses have been damaged, 16,000 heads of cattle and 9,800 hectares of crop lost. In addition to the response already delivered by the Government and humanitarian organizations, more than 2,500 tones of food as well as 53,000 shelters and 18,000 basic household items are urgently needed.
SEVENTEEN KILLED IN VIOLENT ATTACKS
Seventeen people were killed in two separate attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants on 18 September in Magumeri and Konduga localities in Nigeria’s north-east. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator condemned the wave of attacks targeting civilians and displaced people in the region and called on the Government to reinforce security. At least 45 people have been killed and several others injured in four attacks in recent weeks
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