As President Nkurunziza attempts to stand for a third term, heightened political tensions and violence in the run-up to the 2015 Burundian general elections and a failed coup attempt on 13 May have resulted in over 50,000 people fleeing Burundi to seek asylum in the neighbouring country of Tanzania. Following an emergency meeting of the East Africa Community (EAC) on 29 May 2015, President Nkurunziza agreed to postpone the election for a period of 6 weeks.
The OCHA-managed Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has approved funding for a number of projects, in order to address emergency life-saving humanitarian needs of the increasing number of refugees entering Tanzania and awaiting to be transported and accommodated in refugee camps, amid congested conditions with poor hygiene and sanitation.
As at 26 May 2015, 4,435 cases of cholera (suspected and confirmed) had been reported at Nyarugusu refugee camp and transit points in Kigoma region, resulting in 31 deaths. However, the number of new cholera cases has been decreasing since 20 May 2015, as assistance continues to be provided.
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