Eight civilians killed, 1,000 displaced by floods in Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - At least eight civilians were killed and hundreds of others displaced when heavy rains and flash floods ravaged the war-affected Darfur region of western Sudan, the United Nations said in a weekly news bulletin Monday.

The UN Office on Humanitarian Action, known as OCHA, said heavy rains throughout July caused loss of lives and extensive damage to property in parts of Darfur,

“Humanitarian workers reported that in Malha locality in North Darfur, at least eight people were killed by flash flooding and at least 1,000 people displaced by the floods.” the news bulletin, received by PANA in Khartoum, said.

It quoted humanitarian workers as saying that there has been “significant loss of property, including houses and livestock” and that in one such locality, Malha, some 10,000 head of livestock were estimated to have been washed away by floods.

World Vision International (WVI) reported that at least 200 homes in the Ed El Fursan locality were damaged by floods.

The UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and WVI distributed non-food relief items to those affected.

In Central Darfur, at least 1,400 people from the Hassam Hiss camp, near Salinger, were affected by flooding, according to an inter-agency assessment.

Norwegian Church Aid provided non-food relief items to those affected, but humanitarian work in many other parts of Darfur were interrupted by damaged and impassable roads.

WFP, for example, was unable to access locations such as Bindisi, Mukjar, Um Kheir, and Um Dukhun for much of July.

In Malha, North Darfur, the emergency response to flood affected communities was slow following poor road conditions, as well as non-food items being blocked in a warehouse in El Obeid, North Kordufan.

By the end of July, the World Health Organization had dispatched rapid response kits to meet the health needs of 3,000 people for up to three months.

A team from the Government’s Water and Environmental Sanitation Department (WES) began chlorinating water sources and rehabilitating damaged water points and WFP has commenced food distribution in Malha town, OCHA reported.
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13 august 2012 17:04:44

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