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West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (19 - 25 July 2016)

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Burkina Faso: Floods kill four, affect thousands

Floods triggered by torrential rains in four regions, including the capital Ouagadougou killed four people and affected thousands others on 19 and 20 July. The authorities have set up a cell to monitor the impact of the rains and activated the national emergency relief and rehabilitation committee to assist those affected by the floods.

Chad: Over 9,000 IDPs receive cash assistance

WFP has launched an unconditional cash transfer programme in five displacement sites around Bol area targeting more than 9,000 beneficiaries. Each family will receive 6,000 CFA francs per month. The programme will run until the end of the year. Other cash-based interventions are in preparation or underway.

Côte d’Ivoire: IDPs fear returning home

Some 1,328 of the 3,000 people displaced by farmer-herder clashes in north-eastern Bouna area in March have not returned home due to insecurity fears. The situation in the rural areas around Bouna has improved but remains volatile due to persisting tensions between Koulango, Fulani and Lobi communities. The remaining displaced people continue to receive food assistance.

DR Congo: Yellow fever vaccination drive launched

A vaccination campaign targeting around one million people was launched on 20 July in the capital Kinshasa and in Kwango province bordering Angola, where yellow fever has killed more than 300 people since December. A wider vaccination drive targeting 10 million people will start in the next two weeks. The country has registered nearly 1,800 suspected cases.

Mali: Heavy fighting hits Kidal

Heavy fighting erupted on 21 July in the northern Kidal town between two armed groups that are signatory to a peace agreement. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the clashes, the first ceasefire violation since September 2015. Humanitarian organizations have decried the persistent insecurity in northern Mali that impedes the delivery of assistance. Separately, militants on 19 July raided a military camp in the central part of the country in an attack claimed by two other armed groups.

Nigeria: First cross-border food delivery to Banki Town

On 21 July, a UN cross-border mission from Cameroon to Nigeria provided four days’ worth of food and NFI to 15,000 IDPs in Banki, a town located 2 km from the Cameroonian border. Providing larger amounts of aid may put beneficiaries at risk of further Boko Haram attacks. The cross-border operation was necessary due to the difficult humanitarian access between Maiduguri, the capital of the north-eastern Borno State, and Banki. Given the lack of civilian authorities in Banki and access problems, it is difficult to ascertain the actual number of people affected. According to best estimates, between 15,000 and 20,000 displaced people are in the town.

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