A third of Sudanese affected by floods need emergency aid

from Radio Dabanga
Published on 09 Sep 2013 View Original

KHARTOUM (9 Sep) - More than 100,000 out of 341,765 people are affected by the floods in Sudan without receiving adequate emergency support. A map produced by the UN Office for Coordinating Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) shows that only in Khartoum State significant support is provided to nearly the entire affected 128,380 people.

Meanwhile, in the most affected states of El Gezira (60,280 people) and Blue Nile (50,000 people) only ten percent of the population has been reached. In Darfur UN OCHA reported only an ongoing response in North Darfur with 13,030 out of 19,135 people are waiting for aid.

The displaced persons of Bindisi camp in Central Darfur have reported several dead casualties as a result of diseases related to the floods, including malaria, diarrhoea and vomiting. Amongst the victims are more often children and elderly people, as one of the sheikhs told Radio Dabanga.

He explained that health services have become expensive since the roads are blocked due to the floods and insecurity due to tribal fighting. He appealed to the local, state and health authorities to intervene in resolving the problem. UN OCHA registered 2,180 victims due to the flood. For them there is no ongoing or completed response.

A similar problem due to lack of new supplies and the rain season occurs in Kalma camp in South Darfur. Sheikh Ali Abdulrahman explained to Radio Dabanga that there is congestion and overcrowding in hospitals beds. The health facilities cannot handle the number of patients.

“Despite some very serious conditions patients have to lie under trees waiting for space inside. Some pregnant women and critical ill children had to be referred to hospitals in Nyala”. In South Darfur, UN OCHA concluded that all the known victims of the floods have been supplied with non-food items and emergency supplies.

In Ronga Tas camp in Central Darfur, people are suffering from insecurity as militias shoot randomly around the camp at night. One of the sheikhs told Radio Dabanga that the displaced would not go out after sunset for fear of being attacked or injured. He appealed to Unamid to resume night patrols to protect displaced people since it has stopped for nearly three months.