- At least 44,700 people were affected by recent flooding in Maban (see Section II)
- 4,500 of them have received 73MT of one month food rations
- 713MT more food aid earmarked for Maban is yet to be delivered
I. FOCUS ON SECURITY AND HUMANITARIAN ACCESS (from UNMIS)
- According to UNMIS, on 27 October UNMAO received reports of anti-personnel mines- along the road in the Rajaf West area of Central Equatoria State. It was recommended that the area be raised to Security Level 4 (NO-GO Area) of Security Phase 3 until mine clearance has been completed.
- The security situation remains calm in Abyei, but not sufficiently stable for larger-scale return of displaced civilians. The Joint Integrated Unit (JIU) and the Joint Integrated Police Unit (JIPU) are still not fully deployed to the area. The Abyei Area Civil Administration [AACA] has also not been fully established. It is important to take necessary action to prevent imminent inter clan / tribal fights when the migration season starts right after the rainy season. Competition for pastoral resources and revenge attacks between pastoralists need to be forestalled in advance of time.
- The security situation in Western Equatoria State (WES) remains calm but unpredictable. LRA attacks are still reported on the DR Congo side.
II. CURRENT ISSUES
Latest update on flooding in Maban County
- Preliminary findings of a joint rapid assessment have revealed that at least 44,700 people (8,840 households) have been affected by floods in Maban County. Out of the affected households, 4,470 need non-food item (NFI) kits.
- The assessment team regrettably confirmed the drowning of five girls. On 28 October, the government announced that 31 people had died from the floods, which includes the five girls.
- The most affected areas are Bounj, Banasowa, Khor El Ahmar, Ginkuota and Ginmagda Payams. However, the number of people affected could be much higher as the assessment team could not access other areas due to the floods and security considerations.
- The assessment was carried out from 25th to 31st October 2008 by the Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC), Oxfam GB, Medair, WFP and UNICEF with coordination support from UNOCHA.
- Immediate humanitarian needs for the affected population include food, NFIs, safe drinking water, medicines, health and hygiene promotion as well as agricultural and veterinary supplies.
- Boreholes and other water points in most villages that were assessed are submerged in flood waters. Most household latrines and shelters collapsed and the general environmental sanitation is amenable to disease outbreaks.
- The high incidence of open disposal of human waste and pools of stagnant water increase the chances of waterborne diseases.
- Large quantities of education materials were destroyed and all 25 schools in the area will remain closed until flood waters dry up.
- Up to 34 cases of measles were reported between 06th and 31st October.
- An Emergency Planning Team of United Nations organizations, NGOs and government agencies (RCSO, WFP, UNICEF, FAO, Cafod, Consortium, Medair, Oxfam, WVS, Relief International, MPI, VSFG, UNMIS, UNHCR with SSRRC and SMoH) based in Malakal is working hard to deliver humanitarian assistance to the affected people as quickly as possible.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.