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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)

Related:

Flash floods kill dozens, including children across Darfur (11 August 2013)

Darfur displaced lose more than 70 houses to rains, floods (11 August 2013)

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/54555

Sudan: UN and partners coordinate aid for 150,000 people affected by flooding

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12 August 2013 United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners are coordinating closely with the Government of Sudan to assist close to 150,000 people get food, water and shelter following heavy rains that began early this month.

“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 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

At least 26,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, OCHA said, noting initial estimates of the damage in the eight affected states.

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. They also provided mobile clinics, drinking water, and sanitation services.

“Other emergency support is currently being mobilized, particularly food, shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene and health services,” OCHA said.

Over 150,000 people have already been affected by the flooding, according to the Sudanese Red Crescent Society, the Khartoum State Commission for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work, the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), among other sources.

OCHA stressed that the UN and its partners remain committed to assisting flood-affected communities and supporting the Government’s relief efforts throughout the country.

Article source: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45605&Cr=Sudan&Cr1=

UN experts call on Uganda to repeal law that restricts assembly

11, August 2013(KAMPALA) – United Nations human rights experts have called on the Ugandan government to repeal a bill passed last week by parliament saying it places restrictions on freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

On Tuesday last week Uganda’s parliament passed the Public Order Management Bill which requires that any protests of more than three people will require authorisation from the police.

President Yoweri Museveni is yet to ascend to the bill but its passing has been heavily criticised by both local and international human rights groups including three UN human rights experts.

On Friday, Maina Kiai, the Special Rapporteur freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression and Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders called upon Ugandan to repeal the law.

“Unless this law is amended to comply with Uganda’s international legal obligations, it must be revoked. We are at the full disposal of the Government of Uganda to provide any technical assistance it may require to ensure this law meets international human rights law and standards,” the experts said in a news release on Friday.

Maina Kiai, the Special Rapporteur freedom of peaceful assembly and of association said the law effectively bans public gatherings.

“Requiring prior authorization from the authorities to hold an assembly may result in an effective ban on certain gatherings, which violates Uganda’s international obligations,” said Maina Kiai adding that “the requirement to list the names of all participants[ in a gathering] serves only to frighten people from expressing their right to peaceful assembly.”

On her part Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders said the law aims at limiting the work of human rights defenders.

“By excluding assemblies for social, religious, cultural, charitable, educational, commercial or industrial purposes, as well as meetings of any political party from its provisions, it is clear that this law is not intended to protect public safety during public events, but is designed to unduly limit those who wish to publicly defend their human rights,” she said.

Amnesty International said the law ’’represents a represents a serious blow to open political debate in the country”.

Uganda heads for general elections in 2016. Critics of the Kampala government say the law will make it difficult for the opposition to mount a significant challenge to President Yoweri Museveni who has ruled Uganda for the last 27 years.

(ST)

Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article47619

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