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UN: 150,000 people affected by heavy flooding in Sudan

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that about 150,000 people have been affected by flooding in Sudan.

The figure was confirmed by various sources, including the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS), the Khartoum State Commission for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work, the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

In a report released on Sunday, OCHA stated it is “concerned by significant flooding across eight states in Sudan following heavy rains that began in early August.”

“More rains are expected in the coming days and the estimated number of affected people is likely to rise further as rains continue and as more information becomes available,” the statement read.

Initial reports indicate that a total of 147,000 people were affected: Khartoum 84,000; River Nile 16,000; West Kordofan 12,000; El Gezeira 10,000; North Darfur 8,000; Blue Nile 6,000; Northern 6,000; Red Sea 4,000; South Darfur 1,000.

It is too early to determine the full extent of the damage caused by the floods but initial estimates are that at least 26,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, OCHA says.

UN agencies and humanitarian partners are coordinating closely with the HAC and SRCS to assess needs and provide rapid assistance to those most severely affected. Initial reports indicate that the most acute needs are for food, shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene and health services, the UN agency stated.

As an immediate response to the floods, the UN and its partners have provided a range of emergency relief items, including tents, plastic sheeting, blankets, water cans, buckets and mosquito nets from its emergency stockpiles in Khartoum State.

The United Nations and its partners have also provided mobile clinics, drinking water, and sanitation services. Other emergency support is currently being mobilised, particularly food, shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene and health services. They remain committed to assisting flood-affected communities and supporting the Government’s relief efforts throughout Sudan, the statement concluded.

As reported by Radio Dabanga over the past week, record rainfall levels followed by flash floods have cost dozens of lives and left many injured throughout Sudan. In a swathe of destruction, thousands of homes, livestock and other property has been lost.

Photo: A structure damaged by flooding in El Fasher, North Darfur (Takao/OCHA)

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Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/54555

More than 100 killed in tribal conflict in South Darfur

August 11, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – More than 100 people were killed in violent clashes on Saturday between two Arab tribes over land and cattle in Sudan’s East Darfur state, the two sides said but local and national authorities kept silent.

JPEG - 17.5 kbLeaders of Abbala and Beni Hussein tribes from North Darfur’s El Sereif area cheer after signing a reconciliation agreement in El Fasher, on Saturday July 27, 2013. (Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran/UNAMID/AP)

Conflict between the Rizeigat and the Maalia , two pastoralists tribes, broke out on Sunday around a pasturage area located north of Al Da’ain the state capital. Both groups claim that Kilaikil area as part of their territory.

The conflict escalated after the Maalia claimed that five of their men were killed by members of the Rizeigat during the first week of August.

In retaliation for the alleged attack, members of the Maalia tribe raided the Rizeigat area on 6 August, seizing some 400 head of cattle.

As the Rizeigat mobilized themselves to launch counter attacks on Maalia camps north of Kelaikil, community leaders intervened to calm the situation and a settlement was reached with the Maalia for the return of the cattle.

However, the UK-based Sudan Social Development Organisation (SUDO UK) reported that the planned handover of cattle on Saturday never took place and later that same day armed Rizeigat attacked Maalia camps in Almigailid, north of Kilaikil and Dar al-Salam, east of Al Da’ain.

Some 36 Rizeigat and 77 Maalia were reportedly killed during the fighting, while another 150 Rizeigat and 50 Maalia were injured.

SUDO UK said there are fears the fighting may escalate further, leading to more death and injuries.

It has called on both tribal groups to immediately order a ceasefire to allow community leaders and elders from each side to effect a temporary reconciliation.

“Above all civilians, especially the women and children from both sides should be protected”, said SUDO UK chairperson Mudawi Ibrahim Adam.

Both the Rizeigat and the Maalia are pastoralist tribes, based in East Darfur. The centre of Rizeigat territory is in Al Da’ain town, the capital of East Darfur, while the Maalia centre is in Adila, the second largest town after Al Da’ain.

Tribal fighting, which become the major source of insecurity in Darfur since the beginning of the year, forced over 300,000 people to flee their area.

In a report to the UN Security Council, the hybrid peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) dedicated three pages to give un account about the tribal clashes which are generally over land ownership.

Also, observer agree that these clashes occur between two tribes that fought rebel groups in the past and have strong militias or a tribal militia against a neutral tribe. But in all the cases, militias are involved in these conflicts.

Analysts also underline that the emergence of strong militias eroded the authority of tribal leaders as they can no longer challenge the militia chiefs who have money and means provided by the army and security services.

Different officials in Darfur including the head of the regional authority Tijani El-Sissi said that tribal violence is a big threat to the ongoing efforts to implement a peace document signed by two former rebel groups in the region.

(ST)

Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article47620

Darfur displaced lose more than 70 houses to rains, floods

Heavy rains on Wednesday resulted in the destruction of a number of houses in the camps for the displaced at Nertiti in Central Darfur and Aramta in West Darfur.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga from northern Nertiti, one of the sheikhs of the camps reported that the heavy rains of Wednesday evening led to the collapse of 50 houses, and flooded the camp. He expressed concern about the spread of diseases due to files and mosquitoes.

A sheikh of Aramta camp in West Darfur told Radio Dabanga that the rains destroyed more than 20 houses in the camp. He criticised “the authorities’ and humanitarian organisations’ non-intervention to assist the displaced persons”.

The sheikh underscored that the affected are “living in tragic situations” due to the acute shortage of plastic sheets and tents”.

As reported by Radio Dabanga over the past week, record rainfall levels followed by flash floods have cost dozens of lives and left many injured throughout Sudan. In a swathe of destruction, thousands of homes, livestock and other property has been lost.

News photo: A flood-damaged home outside El Fasher, capital of North Darfur. (Takao/OCHA)

Related:

Darfur deluge kills woman, child, livestock (8 August 2013)

Rains, floods cause 11 deaths, many injuries, destruction across Sudan (6 August 2013)

Deaths in Sudan top 38 from rains, floods, storms (4 August 2013)

‘Record rainfall levels’ in North Darfur destroy 2,000 homes (2 August 2013)

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/54508

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