Flood Response Gathers Momentum in Khartoum
An unprecedented once in a 100 year flooding event has laid waste to low lying residential communities in Khartoum in close proximity to the Blue, White and confluence of the two Nile Rivers.
Updated Emergency Event Tracking estimates a 100,000 flood-affected individuals (17,000 households) across six urban and peri-urban localities in Khartoum state. Out of the total affected caseload, an estimated 19 per cent (19,000 individuals) are displaced with little or no personal belongings.
Emergency flood response
Priority needs identified include emergency shelter, non-food items (NFI’s), water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), health, and waste management. NCA recently completed the first of a three-phase emergency flood response by distributing essential NFI’s to 185 desperate and needy households in the El-Lamab area in south Khartoum. The just in time donation of NFI sets comprising two blankets, 2 mosquito nets, plastic-shelter sheeting and a large, durable multi-purpose floor mat was part of a pre-positioned stockpile funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).
The actual distribution process itself proved to be challenging for the NCA Team as all the commodities are in high demand and emotions and frustrations, amongst the displaced people, ran exceedingly high. Previous distributions in the same area were largely disorderly and the success thereof questionable. However, the NCA Team stuck to their task and were commended by the beneficiaries for their goodwill, patience and steadfastness to see the equitable distribution through to the end. Praise and appreciation is extended to the NCA Team led by Senior Program Officer Yassin.
Helping highly vulnerable women and families
NCA will continue to work in close coordination and collaboration with relevant UN agencies (UNHCR, OCHA) and Khartoum state entities (Humanitarian Aid Commission and Ministry of Welfare) as the office implements the remaining 2 phases of the emergency flood response. The next phase will involve a further distribution of UNHCR/OCHA flood support to affected populations as part of Khartoum state response plan. The final phase will see NCA conduct a gap-filling procurement of urgent and important commodities for highly vulnerable women – the frail and elderly, mothers – single parent families and adolescent girls ensuring that their specific needs are met during these trying times.