• Flash floods affect 9,000 people (1,780 families) in Kalma IDP camp, South Darfur.
• About 42,700 children have been screened for acute malnutrition in Jebel Marra, of whom 800 had SAM and 3,909 had MAM.
• UNICEF launches a malnutrition treatment campaign to deliver lifesaving services to people affected by malnutrition in Jebel Marra.
• UNICEF needs US$22 million to provide lifesaving response for over 100,000 children.
• 403,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Sudan since 2013; 39% of them arrived in 2017.
Floods affect an estimated 9,000 people in South Darfur’s Kalma IDP camp
On 20 June, torrential rains and flash flooding affected an estimated 9,000 people (1,780 families) in Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Darfur State. Hundreds of IDP shelters were damaged or completely destroyed, assets lost, and latrines collapsed. No injuries or deaths were reported, according to a rapid inter-agency assessment team that visited the camp on 22 June to determine the needs of the affected people. The team reported that affected IDP shelters were located near the wadi (dry riverbed) which is prone to flooding during the rainy season.
The inter-agency team recommended the relocation of the affected households to higher ground areas—which they have agreed to—and also recommended the immediate provision of plastic sheeting and shelter materials to affected households; opening/constructing trenches to open channels for water drainage; immediate water and sanitation interventions including disinfection/rehabilitation and construction of latrines and distribution of hygiene supplies; provision of food assistance; and close monitoring of the health situation by the World Health Organization (WHO) and health partners.
Basic schools in the camp—some of which were built of local materials—were damaged by the winds and rain and are in need of rehabilitation before the school year starts in July. Some of the affected families have already relocated to areas of higher ground while others will move to Beleil town a few kilometres southeast of the camp.
The mission included representatives from the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF), the international NGOs World Vision International (WVI), International Medical Corps (IMC), OXFAM America, the national NGOs Great Family Organization (GFO), Popular Organization for Development and Relief (PODR), the Jebel Marra Charitable Organization (JMCO) and IDP leaders.
Response to flood-affected families in Kalma IDP camp
In response to the flooding, the governmental Zakat Chamber donated 1,000 plastic sheets, 200 sacks of sorghum and 150,000 SDG in cash assistance (about US$23,000), which were distributed to the IDPs in need. OCHA is currently advocating with the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) for heavy machinery to dig trenches and channels to allow water to flow easily away from the inhabited areas of the camp, as well as with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Civil Defence Authority for long-term mitigation measures to be put in place, as this situation has been recurring annually for the past 10 years.
Currently, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is carrying out house-tohouse verification for the affected families so as to target them with emergency household and shelter supplies. Food distributions to all affected IDPs are ongoing.
The international NGOs OXFAM, CARE International Switzerland (CIS) and American Refugee Committee (ARC) are distributing building materials for latrines to both the affected IDPs and those who were relocated to higher ground within the camp. Damaged latrines are being backfilled and disinfected, and water sources are being chlorinated to mitigate waterborne disease outbreaks.
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