Oekussi: Following the first official
hand over ceremony yesterday from Interfet to the UNTAET Peacekeeping
Force (PKF) for the eastern sector of the territory, the Ambeno enclave
will be the second sector to be handed over from Interfet to the PKF.
This is expected to take place on 7 February.
In efforts to improve access to the Ambeno enclave, WFP has offered the use of their helicopters to transport humanitarian staff and goods on a needs basis, on days when the UNTAET helicopter does not fly to the enclave.
Returns: On 1 February, a total of 121 persons were transported by IOM from Atambua to Batugade, Maliana, Balibo, Leolima and Palaka. Secondary transportation was provided by IOM to 31 people to Viqueque. On 2 February, a total of 306 persons were transported from Betun and Atambua to Batugade, Dili, Maliana, Palaka, Atabae, Maubara and Liquica. IOM has reopened its office in Batugade. Humanitarian agencies have been offered to take advantage of extra logistical support and warehouse capacity for food storage in Magir. Secondary transport was provided for 4 persons to Los Palos. Currently, no persons are in the Transit Centre. The total number of returnees now stands at 134, 188.
Logistics: UN agencies and IOM are increasing their logistical capacity with the addition of a substantial number of low tonnage trucks, which will enable increased accessibility of persons and goods to remote areas.
On 1, WFP trucks transported 96 MTs of maize to Maliana and Liquica. On 2 January, WFP transported a total of 185 MTs of maize and beans to Gleno, Liquica and Maliana. The WFP helicopter delivered a total of 66MTs of maize, pulses and oil to Lado, Assolau and Samara in Ermera District and Atsabe sub-District.
A total of 249 MTs of timber and other shelter materials were offloaded at the port in the Ambeno enclave today. IRC is UNHCR's implementing partner for its shelter programme.
Agriculture: A veterinarian from the Australian quarantine service has spent the last 48 hours in Viqueque in an effort to identify the cause of some 60 recent buffalo deaths in the Delor sub-district of Viqueque. It is now believed that the cause of death was haemorrhagic septicaemia. The WHO has been requested to provide public health information to the community, and funds are actively being sought to purchase drugs and deliver a treatment programme.
Nutrition: In an effort to respond in a coordinated fashion to cases of malnutrition of returnees from West Timor to East Timor, the nongovernment organisation CFSI in West Timor is providing training for 220 health and nutrition aides in Atambua, Atapupu and Betun from 19 January to 4 February. As part of this training, 500 of the most malnourished children receive supplementary feeding and medical care. Meanwhile, the Nutrition task force in East Timor is preparing its surveillance program.
Education: Stipends for 4,303 teachers have been paid by UNICEF in 9 Districts including Aileu, Ainaro, Baucau, Bobonaro, Dili, Ermera, Lautem, Liquica and Manatuto. To date, UNICEF has distributed a total of 571 "School in a Box" kits, 469 teacher training kits, 368 recreation and sports kits and 20 kitchen sets for school feeding across the country. In addition, UNICEF has distributed a total of 551 MTs of building materials and 50km of timber, which will assist with the reconstruction and rehabilitation of 90 schools in East Timor.
Water and Sanitation: The lead agency for the water and sanitation sector, Oxfam has completed rehabilitation of basic water supply systems in Covalima, Maliana, Liquica and the Ambeno enclave. Key successes have been the assurance that the main service centres, such as the markets and hospitals of these four urban centres all have water storage and connection facilities.
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