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Port Sudan Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 1

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Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0168
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Port Sudan - Floods
East Sudan

This report is based on information provided by the OCHA office in Sudan.

Situation

1. Heavy rainstorms with gale-force winds were recorded on 31 August in Port Sudan. Several administrative units (Central, Eastern, Southern Administrative Units, Arbaat and Suakin) suffered most damage. Approximately 156,000 people were affected, including 17,000 (3340 households) whose homes and belongings were totally destroyed.

2. The rainstorm destroyed most of the houses made of mats/grass sheeting or timber, roofs of schools in the area blown off, the few household items owned by IDPs were blown away and latrines flooded. The available water sources were flooded resulting in further contamination by seawater; the price of clean water consequently doubled (from 50SDD to 100SDD). Victims in certain areas - mainly IDPs from South Sudan, Nuba mountains, Western Sudan, Eritrea and from within Red Sea state- are living in the open next to their destroyed homes.

3. The already poor health situation has deteriorated but no agency is ready yet to respond to water and sanitation needs. The Ministry of Health, women groups, and ACF nutritional centres all report an increase of water borne diseases.

4. The available in-country resources for relief efforts are absorbed by Darfur, with its 1.8 million IDPs, and the South, where return of IDPs and reconstruction are the main priorities. Lack of preparedness, funding and implementing capacity continues to be an issue.

National Response

5. Government of Sudan Authorities (Humanitarian Aid Commission-HAC) and WFP called for an immediate response to the disaster. Local partners - NGOs and Government entities -participated in an interagency assessment on 7 September, led by HAC and WFP.

6. A matrix showing the needs, locations and the level of assistance required was jointly developed to inform an agency response. HAC and WFP appealed for immediate registration of affected people, food assistance, and distribution of non-food items such as kitchen utensils, mosquito nets and plastic sheeting, provision of water and sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion activities.

International Response

7. WFP conducted a rapid registration and conducted a one-month food distribution for the most affected households. Another one-month food ration - drawn from contingency stocks - will be distributed shortly.

8. WHO/MoH mobilized four basic health kits pre-positioned for the potential floods of the Gash river in Kassala. UNICEF is aiming to provide chlorine.

9. GOAL and IRC provided some non-food items (plastic sheeting, blankets, etc), but not in sufficient quantities to cover even the basic needs of the 17,000 severely affected by the floods.

10. OCHA briefed agencies, NGOs and donors in Khartoum, and mobilized contingency stocks to try to kick-start a response.

Needs

11. The following non-food-items are urgently required:

Item
Total No. Needed
No. Received
No Remaining
Total cost /Item
Port Sudan (3 Admin Units)
Tarpaulins (4mX5M)
3477
3477
$1,359
Mosquito nets
3477
500
2977
$17,881
Blankets
3477
1400
2077
$14,690
Hygiene kits
3477
700
2777
$0
Sub-Total
$33,929
Arbaat
Tarpaulins
952
523
429
$4,833
Mosquito nets
952
952
$5,720
Blankets
952
952
$6,724
Hygiene kits
952
952
$0
Sub-Total
$17,277
Suakin
Tarpaulins
660
660
$6,977
Mosquito nets
660
660
$3,965
Blankets
660
660
$4,662
Hygiene kits
660
660
$0
Sub-Total
$15,604
Grand Total
$66,810


12. The following food is urgently required:

Food Item
Total MT Needed
Cost/Mt (UDS)
Total cost of delivered item
Port Sudan (3 Admin Units)
Cereal
225.585
$280.06
$67,118.31
Pulses
25.065
$540
$13,961.96
Veg. Oil
15.039
$1,056
$16,027.06
CSB
25.065
$436
$11,420.12
Sugar
12.533
$368
$4,845.01
Salt
5.013
$141
$794.16
Sub-Total
$114,166.61
Arbaat
Cereal
64.26
$280.06
$19,761.88
Pulses
7.14
$540
$4,048.59
Veg. Oil
4.284
$1,056
$4,657.74
CSB
7.14
$436
$3,324.53
Sugar
3.57
$368
$1,415.79
Salt
1.428
$141
$240.50
Sub-Total
$33,449.03
Suakin
Cereal
44.55
$280.06
$13,700.46
Pulses
3.9
$540
$2,211.42
Veg. Oil
2.97
$1,056
$3,229.10
CSB
4.95
$436
$2,304.82
Sugar
2.475
$368
$981.54
Salt
0.99
$141
$166.74
Sub-Total
$22,594.07
Grand total
$170,209.71


Protracted Humanitarian Impact

13. Insufficient access to shelter material, in addition to widespread contamination of water sources, and total lack of sanitation, continue to be major issues. Families are now selling their limited belongings to finance rebuilding the remains of their shelters and to buy clean water.

14. There has been insufficient attention given to water and sanitation in the slum areas of Port Sudan. While IRC is involved in hygiene promotion, SC UK has implemented a sanitation project, which was later handed over to the community. Most people lost their water containers. ACF has conducted an assessment of water and sanitation in the slum areas and is in the process of analysing the results already indicating that water and sanitation should be a priority for agencies active in these areas.

15. Floods added up to the existing concerns of an area where marginalized communities could resort to violence to ensure internal and international attention to their - largely neglected - problems.

Contributions

16. OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions to be used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination/consultation with relevant organizations in the United Nations system.

17. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated below, on relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding values by item.

18. OCHA is in close contact with the OCHA and the UN Resident Coordinator Offices in Sudan and will revert with further information, as it becomes available.

19. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int

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