• A new site has been identified for the relocation of South Sudanese refugees in Khor Omer camp in East Darfur.
• Humanitarian assistance is needed for 17,000 people in Thur, Central Darfur.
• Initial humanitarian support has been provided for IDPs in Um Tajok, West Darfur.
• Flooding is anticipated in many states during the coming months.
New site for South Sudanese refugees in Khor Omer
As of 10 July 2016, over 80,000 South Sudanese refugees are estimated to have arrived in Sudan since the beginning of the year, mainly in East Darfur, South Darfur, White Nile and West Kordofan states. A number of new arrivals have been reported in the Kharasana area, coming predominantly from Wau in South Sudan’s Western Bahr al Ghazal state where fighting broke out in late June. An inter-agency assessment is scheduled on 13 July to verify the number and needs of refugees currently in Kharasana.
New site identified for South Sudanese refugees in Khor Omer
Over 30,000 refugees from South Sudan are seeking refuge in Khor Omer camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), East Darfur. A suitable site has been identified in Al Kariyo, by the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) for the relocation of South Sudanese currently in Khor Omer. Al Kariyo is in Bahr Al Arab locality and is 30 kilometres south of Ed Daein, capital of Sudan's East Darfur. Emergency shelter items will be distributed once the relocations are complete. The international NGO (INGO) United Methodist Committee on Relief has obtained shelter materials for 900 households and has secured funding to procure shelter materials for a further 300 shelters, the INGO ZOA (Zuidoost Azië) has confirmed it will procure shelter materials for 1,000 families. Funding through the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund will cover the emergency shelter needs of the remaining refugees to be relocated from Khor Omer, as well as for the refugees in Abu Jabra and Abu Matarig. In June, most of the refugees in Khor Omer received essential non-food items, and the remaining refugees will receive materials in July.
Low immunisation coverage is reported in Khor Omer, and the health sector is working on improving vaccination coverage and scaling up campaigns through door-to-door messaging. Critical gaps in the provision of oral antibiotics need to be addressed. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) continues the tracking and verification of the new arrivals in Khor Omer, where 28,595 refugees have been registered and verified out of the 30,638 tracked reported cases. The World Food Programme (WFP) is planning to provide food to some 30,000 refugees in Khor Omer on 11 July. Verification of the remaining refugees in East Darfur is ongoing, and they will be supported with food assistance once the verification is complete. However, as of the end of June, new arrivals outside of Ed Daein had not been verified. Access to assess needs and provide assistance to South Sudanese refugees outside Ed Daein remains challenging due to administrative restrictions, and capacity to respond across East Darfur remains constrained due to insufficient staff, especially in places where staff are addressing newly emerging crises such as the arrival of refugees in Abu Sinaidira.
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