Sudan: Emergency aid call after flash flood in Kalma refugee camp, South Darfur kills at least 36 (including 9 children) Hundreds of houses destroyed – 120813 1620z

A flash flood that swept through Kalma camp for displaced persons in South Darfur in Saturday night has reportedly killed 36 people, including nine children. Elsewhere in the region, floods and disease have killed three children and at least two adults, while wreaking extensive destruction to homes and property.

The spokesman for the Association of Displaced Persons and Refugees of Darfur, Hussein Abu Sharati, told Radio Dabanga that in addition to the dead and wounded in Kalma camp, the flood completely destroyed 1,567 houses.
He appealed to humanitarian organisations “to expedite emergency assistance in the form of tarpaulins and tents to the displaced who are now living in pools of stagnant water”, he said.

A sheikh of the camps in Saraf Omra in North Darfur reported to Radio Dabanga that three children have died “due to, disease, fever and diarrhoea”.
He said that Saturday’s rains led to the destruction of about 2,000 homes in the camps, as well as demolishing several sanitary facilities. “Dozens of families are still in the open without shelter, food or medicines,” he said, also appealing to humanitarian organisations for urgent assistance.
Another person died in Malah locality in North Darfur. Sheikh Adam Amin told Radio Dabanga that Idris Mahmoud Gulab perished on Saturday and flash floods destroyed about 60 houses in Malah.
He told Radio Dabanga that heavy rains caused damage to five schools, a hospital and the salt works Malha, as well as three schools in the village of Marega, and the Um Ajaja agricultural project. Amin said that the water swept Gulab away in one of the valleys in the region and his body was only found on Sunday.
Monday, 12 August, 2013 at 03:53 (03:53 AM) UTC RSOE

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Sudan: UN and Partners Coordinate Aid for 150,000 People Affected By Flooding

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



Floods leave more than dozen dead in Sudan

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Published on Aug 11, 2013

Floods in Sudan have killed at least 15 people in the past two weeks and left almost 100,000 more homeless, officials said. More than 20,000 houses have been destroyed or badly damaged after heavy rains pounded suburbs of the capital Khartoum.Al Jazeera’s Dominic Kane reports.

Kalma, Sudan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kalma is a relocation camp in the Darfur region of Sudan. It is located 17 kilometers outside of Nyala, Sudan.[1] It is estimated that there are over 90,000 residents in the camp. [2] Most if not all the residents are there because of the violence caused by the Darfur conflict.

Map of Dafur

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Lawfully resisting being evicted from your home

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I’ve just been watching a fascinating bit of footage on YouTube. It is film of an eviction taking place in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. If you want to see it, it’s called “The People v The Banks: Conviction beats Eviction”.

The reason it’s so important is that in this age of austerity many people are losing their homes. What this piece of footage does is to show you how you can resist an eviction lawfully, and how in many cases it is the bailiffs who are breaking the law.

This was certainly true in this case.

The most important line is said by the man behind the camera towards the end of the film. He says that your signature when you took out your mortgage created the money to pay for the mortgage. He is addressing the police lined up across the road. “It was you who created the…

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WELFARE “The face of Britain: A homeless man dies on the steps of an abandoned bungalow”


The Rucksack Project is a worldwide movement that is slowly gathering pace as people answer the call to do this incredibly simple and heart-warming thing to help those sleeping rough on the streets through the harsh winter months.

This short film from Rucksack Project founder, Mathew follows Amy, one of our volunteers as she takes part in creating a rucksack of essentials before donating it to a homeless person as part of our Rucksack Project Flashmob.

Please help us spread this idea as far as we possibly can by simply Liking and Sharing this video on your own timeline…

If you would like to know more, please come and join us on our Facebook page – and help us spread this idea as far as we possibly can by Liking and Sharing this video on your own timeline…” – The Rucksack Project

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In the small town of Aylesford in Kent, homeless man, Daniel Gauntlett died last Saturday night on the steps of an abandoned bungalow which was due to be demolished. As temperatures dropped to -2C, Mr Gauntlett finally succumbed to the damp and chilling weather.

A local resident told Kent Online “He was a very nice man apparently. He used to ask for money but not for drink. He used to buy pasties from the supermarket. It was so sad. Especially when the houses are empty.”

His body was found by a local passer-by the next morning who spotted his body from the pavement and called the police.

The bungalow where Mr Gauntlett died is due to be demolished, and police had previously been called when Mr Gauntlett attempted to break into the bungalow to find shelter. Mr Gauntlett abided by the law and it cost him his life.

At an…

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Inter-tribal election clashes in N Kenya leave at least 4 dead, 21 injured, 7,000 people homeless – 020313 1355z

Inter-tribal election related clashes in northern Kenya

(Photo: Kenya Red Cross) Abbas Gullet suring the Rapid assesment

(Video: Police officers early Friday shot dead two suspected robbers in Kisauni after a gun battle. Elsewhere hundreds of people are fleeing their homes in Rhamu, Mandera following an attack that has left 7 people dead. – kenyacitizentv)

“Four people lost their lives and another 21 injured, 3 of the critical after a clash erupted between the Gare and Degodia clans of Rhamu, Mandera County, also rendering at least 7,000 people homeless.

(Photo: Kenya Red Cross)

The incident, which occurred on Wednesday 28th February 2013, left property worth thousands of shillings destroyed and houses burnt down.

The Kenya Red Cross Branch office in the area was also looted.

(Photo: Kenya Red Cross) Abbas Gullet inspecting some of the looted property at the Kenya Red Cross Society Rhamu Branch offices

In response, Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) dispatched a disaster response team from the Dadaab Refugee Operations comprising Clinical officers, Nurses and Paramedics to offer humanitarian assistance and since 28th February 2013 the team has been camping in Rhamu, providing the same to affected families.

(Photo: Kenya Red Cross) Members of public salvaging their property

The KRCS has also dispatched at least 7.5 tonnes of relief food as a stopgap measure while more food will be dispatched from the Government and WFP. Furthermore, an Emergency Medical Services Ambulance was also dispatched on 1st March 2013 from Nairobi, to support the operations team on the ground.

A medical team is already on the ground The KRCS Secretary General, Dr. Abbas Gullet, visited the affected areas on 1st March 2013 and held peace meetings with members of both communities.

Also present was the Provincial Administration that included the PPO, PC, Senior Administration Police, Provincial Intelligence Committee from Carissa and local Peace Committees.

Members of both communities pledged to maintain peace.

Meanwhile, the causes of the conflict are allegations that some people had been ferried from Nairobi and neighbouring Countries to come and vote in the area for favoured communities living in the area” – Kenya Red Cross

Three killed in inter-tribal clashes in northern Kenya

Xinhua | 2013-3-1 21:44:07

“At least 3 people were killed on Friday in northern Kenyan town of Mandera as clashes between two warring communities escalated following the killing of a prominent business man in Rhamu area.

The business man who was identified as Haji Belle Hammed and who hails from the Degodia clan was killed on the spot on Thursday after being knocked down by a campaign vehicle at Rhamu trading centre.

The incident sparked off skirmishes between the Degodia and Garreh clans which saw four houses burnt down with the top security committee touring the area.

Divisional police commander, Stephen Weda said on Friday the man was accidentally hit by the vehicle as the driver, who is a Garreh attempted to speed away from rowdy youths who were pelting the vehicle with stones.

“The driver accelerated to escape from the stone-throwing mob hitting the trader in the ensuing confusion,” Weda told Xinhua by telephone.

Garre and Degodia clans, who have co-existed in Mandera and Wajir counties for years harmoniously, have turned bitter foes after 2007 general election, after the former clan lost its traditional Mandera central constituency to the later.

Garre, who are majority in the constituency, lost the seat to Abdikhadir Mohamed, a Degodia after Garre votes were divided among over four candidates contesting. Mohamed has since announced that he would not contest election in March 4 elections.

The incident is said to have provoked angry reaction from members of the Degodia clan living in the town who set on fire houses belonging to members of the Garreh clan.

In retaliation, members of the Gurreh set ablaze several houses belonging to members of the Degodia before security personnel moved in and quelled the hostilities.

Regional police commander, Charlton Mureithi who also confirmed the incident said that security personnel have been deployed in the area to quell the clashes.

“Our officers drawn from the GSU regular and administration units are on the ground patrolling the area in a bid stop more attacks, we however want to warn anybody trying to fuel the clashes that the government will not hesitate to arrest them,” said Mureithi.

Tension remained high in Rhamu tow as businesses remained closed for the better part of the day.” –

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