SUICIDE ATTACK KILLS THREE IN MORA
On 21 August, a suicide bombing in Mora, in the Far North region, killed three people and left 27 seriously injured. The town hosts more than 20,000 IDPs and serves as a hub for humanitarian activities in the Far North. Mora also is central for cross border operations to Banki, in Nigeria. Following the attack, humanitarian activities in and around Mora were temporarily suspended.
MULTIPLE ATTACKS IN LAC REGION
The Lac Region was hit by several attacks attributed to Boko Haram. On 14 August, two civilians were killed in Fotio village, close to the border with Niger. Another attack on 16 August left one dead and two civilians injured in Boultoua village, near Tchoukoutalia. On 17 August, simultaneous attacks took place in three villages close to Daboua. More than 1,000 livestock were stolen. The series of new security incidents in recent weeks could jeopardize humanitarian assistance in the Lac Region
20,000 NEED ASSISTANCE AFTER PARK EVACUATION
Following the evacuation of illegal occupants from the Mont Peko national park, in Montagnes District, more than 50,000 former occupants remain displaced across 28 different villages and camps. OCHA estimates that some 20,000 IDPs require priority assistance with food, water, sanitation, and shelter. An assessment to determine the exact number of vulnerable IDPs is underway
FLOODS AFFECT 12,000
High amounts of rainfall have caused heavy flooding in parts of Senegal. UNICEF reported that at least 12,180 people have been affected in the worst hit regions Kaffrine, Kaolack and St. Louis. More than 5,000 have been temporarily displaced.
Further assessments are on-going in Dakar and Diourbel. UNICEF, World Vision and ActionAid are supporting local authorities to assist the people in need.
4.5 MILLION NEED FOOD ASSISTANCE
Almost 4.5 million people in the northeastern States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa are facing hunger and require immediate assistance, according to the midAugust “Cadre Harmonise” analysis. This represents an increase of 50 per cent compared to March 2016. Hard to reach areas are of particular concern. WFP aims to reach over 700,000 people with food and cash assistance in the coming months.
POLIO CAMPAIGN IN NORTH-EAST
The health ministry, in partnership with UNICEF and WHO, has launched a polio vaccination campaign in the north-east, after two fresh polio cases were discovered earlier this month. The campaign aims to reach five million children, including one million in Borno State. Security concerns risk slowing down the response. In 2013, gunmen – allegedly from Boko Haram – had killed nine polio immunization workers.