ICRC says humanitarian needs enormous in Côte d'Ivoire

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - "The security situation in Côte d'Ivoire remains precarious and humanitarian needs are enormous," the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said  in a statement Thursday.

"Every day, for nearly two weeks, we have received hundreds of phone calls of distress," said the head of the ICRC delegation in Abidjan, Dominique Liengme, quoted in the statement.

"The situation is improving somewhat. People are starting to be able to buy but not in all districts of the city. Many sick and injured still cannot access the hospital for lack of security and means of transport. Operating medical facilities are overwhelmed and lack equipment and personnel. And in many neighborhoods, corpses still litter the streets," said Ms. Liengme.

In the west, clashes and sectarian violence have led to numerous injuries, deaths and the displacement of thousands of people.

The humanitarian situation is particularly serious in Guiglo, Duekoue, Daloa and on the axis Bin Houyé - Toulépleu - Bloléquin, near the border with Liberia.

"A lot of homes, markets and hospitals were looted or destroyed. Deep tensions remain, with the risk that violence flares up," Liengme stressed.

On Wednesday, ICRC provided emergency assistance to over 3,700 displaced persons in four host sites in Abidjan, in the form of compressed food bars for children and adults suffering from nutritional deficiency to recover strength.

On Thursday, ICRC provided medical supplies to the university hospitals in Cocody and Treichville, two referral hospitals in Abidjan, as well as the International Polyclinic Ste Anne-Marie (PISAM).
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14 Abril 2011 14:16:40

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