World Bulletin/News Desk
The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated additional $5.5 million for lifesaving humanitarian assistance to people affected by recent flooding in Sudan.
"Funding will go to UN agencies, including UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM and the World Health Organization (WHO) who are working in partnership with government ministries and the government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission to respond to the crisis," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a press release obtained by Anadolu Agency on Sunday.
"The money will be used to provide people with household items and emergency shelter, while ensuring that people have clean water and that damaged latrines are repaired," it added.
"Additionally, to save lives and restore a sense of normalcy, emergency healthcare including vector control and mosquito nets will be provided alongside emergency education services to children whose schools were damaged," asserted the statement.
Since late July, large swathes of the capital Khartoum and other states have been swept by torrential rains and floods.
The flooding has wrought havoc in several areas, leaving a trail of destruction and affecting displacing hundreds of families.
In total, 93 people were killed and some 340,000 people affected by floods.
Ali Al-Zatari, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, noted that since the beginning of the crisis volunteer workers, government ministries, national NGOs and UN partners have been working hard to respond to emergency needs.
"But more work needs to be done. This money will help the humanitarian community ensure people’s lives return to normal," he added.
OCHA noted that the CERF funding to Sudan will make it the highest recipient of CERF support globally this year, since the latest allocation will mean that Sudan will have received over $47.4 million since the beginning of 2013.
It asserted that the CERF funds will be supplemented by an emergency allocation from the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF).
The CHF, a Sudan-based pooled fund, has allocated over $67 million to Sudan’s most urgent humanitarian projects.Last Mod: 20 Ekim 2013, 16:28