Sudan

Sudan: UNJLC Darfur Bulletin 63, 13 Jun 2005

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1. Security

North Darfur: Although the security situation remains tense in North Darfur, there have been no reported incidents over the past week.

South Darfur: The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) continue to assess the three main truck routes in South Darfur for UN movement. The following corridors remain UN No-Go: (Source: UNDSS)

Nyala - Manawashi - El Fasher

Nyala - Kass - Nertitie - Zallingi - El Geneina

Nyala - Labado - Muhajaria - Ed Daen

West Darfur: No incidents have been reported on the major supply routes to El Geneina from El Fasher and Nyala. All routes remain UN GO. Two incidents were reported on the road from El Geneina to Habilla. The alternative route of El Geneina - Sisi - Mornei - Habilla is therefore recommended for those travelling to Habilla.

2. COMMON NFI PIPELINE

NFI Commodities
NFI Stock Levels in Sudan as of 7 June, 2005
Totals from
31 May
El Obeid
El Geneina
Nyala
El Fasher
Total
Blankets
8,190
73,730
137,369
66,720
286,009
423,149
Plastic Sheet 4x5m
-
12,345
5,629
12,985
30,959
41,244
Plastic sleeping mats
-
5,150
4,470
10
9,630
2,510
Soap (Kg)
81,313
278,815
257,956
108,531
726,615
556,764
Mosquito Nets
-
24,076
25,545
10,120
59,741
54,985
Jerry can 10 lt – 20 lt
-
2,922
48,216
3,356
54,494
56,636
Bucket w. lid, 20 lt
111,561
24,203
45,127
20,094
200,985
222,574
Sanitary material
-
-
-
-
-
Women's wraps
-
200
-
3
203
1,003

South Darfur: During the past week, NFI's have been dispatched and transport arranged for distributions to areas in South Darfur that will be most inaccessible during the rainy season. Full NFI basket distributions that were pending due to lack of various items have now been released upon receipt of the UNHCR-donated plastic sheets and soap.

Despite recent donations, plastic sheeting stocks remain at a critically low level. UNJLC and implementing partners are concerned that there will not be enough plastic sheeting available to meet the needs for Kalma camp or the area around Kass. (Source: UNJLC)

West Darfur: UNJLC and implementing partners met last week to discuss how the distribution of soap could be improved in West Darfur. Agencies agreed that instead of increasing the quantity per house hold, the focus should be to distribute soap in conjunction with health education as well as to locations that currently receive no distributions. UNJLC will contact participants of the Health Sector to coordinate for future distributions. (Source: UNJLC)

3. SURFACE TRANSPORT

Weekly Surface Transport Loads, gross kg, in Khartoum: 31 May – 06 June
Actual Date Load
NGO
FAS
GEN
NYA
Grand Total
31/05/2005 Concern
4,275
4275
InterSOS
3,170.9
3,170.9
Oxfam
770
770
Tearfund
525
50,000
50525
IMC
2,397.84
2,397.84
COSV
1140
1,140
01/06/2005 IOM
28,800
28,800
02/06/2005 IOM
25,677
25,677
SC USA
6,579
6,579
05/06/2005 COOPI
16,430
16,430
Enfants Dumonde
375
375
06/06/2005 Concern
3,375
3,375
ACTED
2,183
2,183
CAM
510
510
Grand Total
16,805
22,527.9
106,874.84
146,207.74

Agencies are reminded that equipment or NFI's to be loaded in Darfur for delivery in outlying areas must all be available at one location for uplift. Confirmation of delivery destinations must be given to CARE before the trucks depart to ensure that goods are delivered as scheduled. (Source: CARE)

4. AIR OPERATIONS

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in Khartoum issued a directive to all airports in Sudan reinstating a landing fee charge for all aircraft landing in Sudan. Aircraft owned by UN agencies or INGO's are exempt from the fees however private aircraft chartered for humanitarian purposes are required to pay. (Source: CAA El Fasher)

The NFI aircraft remains out of the country for major planned maintenance. Lack of funding for the NFI air transport service poses a challenge to the humanitarian community. The NFI User Group agreed that if funding becomes available to keep the free air transport service running, no more vehicles will be transported by air. Additionally, UNHAS is likely to decrease the amount of NFI flight rotations to three per week. A final flight to Nyala and El Fasher will run on Wednesday June 15th to clear the backlog of pending NFI items.

North Darfur: Four international OFDA flights arrived in El Fasher last week from Sharjah carrying 870 bales of blankets each. Two consignments were sent to Nyala and the other two to El Geneina. The last OFDA donated flight carrying 870 bales of blankets for El Fasher was delayed due to a fuel shortage in Khartoum. It is expected to arrive 9 June. (Source: UNJLC)

Effective June 1st, El Fasher airport will charge an entry fee of SDD 4,000 for all trucks used to offload cargo from aircraft. Only those trucks that are owned by a UN agency or INGO are exempt. (Source: CAA El Fasher)

South Darfur: The Nyala runway is open for all traffic and has confirmed that the IL76 that has been transporting OFDA-donated NFI cargo can now land without constraints. The CAA advised that they will not resume repairs to the runway for at least two months. (Source: CAA)

5. FUEL PRICES

FUEL PRICES / DARFUR CRISIS
Date: as of 31 May, 2005
Khartoum
El Fasher
Nyala
El Geneina*
El Obeid
IG
L
IG
L
IG
L
IG
L
IG
L
Diesel
305
67
600
132
800
178
1000
220
381
85
Petrol
500
110
800
176
1000
222
1500
330
610
136
Kerosene
342
75
700
154
800
178
1200
264
381
85
Jet A1
330
73
850
187
$11.84
$2.63
n/a
n/a
394
88
*All prices in Sudanese Dinar per Imperial Gallon / Litre -- NB: 1 IG = 4.546 Litres

West Darfur: Predictions of heavy seasonal rainfall for the next three weeks in West Darfur may place constraints on fuel supplies in West Darfur. The weather, combined with the closure of a refinery in Khartoum, is expected to result in a local fuel shortage consequently driving fuel prices up in June and July.

6. LOGISTICS ASSESSMENTS

West Darfur: WFP will provide a warehouse management training session for INGO staff in El Geneina during the second week in July. Those agencies who previously expressed interest can expect to receive an invitation.

ACTED confirmed that the work on the two transport corridors in South West Darfur is expected to be completed by next month.

AR International has expressed interest in establishing the much needed work shop for light vehicles and generators in El Geneina. The work shop would offer spare parts and lubricants and provide services such as maintenance and repair.

7. MISCELLANEOUS

The convoys of 19 ECHO donated vehicles destined for El Geneina reached the capital without incident on June 4th. The journey from El Fasher took three days. The 31 vehicles destined for Nyala left El Fasher on June 2nd and arrived the same day without incident. (Source: UNDSS)

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