Sudan Floods Flash Appeal 2007
This year, flooding began at least one month earlier than normal. An estimated 410,785 people have already been directly affected -- a total of over 82,157 households. If the current pattern continues, it is expected that the situation will deteriorate considerably, particularly given that mid-August to early September is the normal peak of flooding. The United Nations and Partners, working in collaboration with government, project an additional 265,000 individuals could be affected in the coming six weeks.
Thus far, four key sectors have been engaged in the response:
- Food security and livelihood;
- Health and nutrition;
- Non-food items (NFI) and emergency shelter;
- Water and sanitation.
Early recovery activities, in both education and basic infrastructure have also begun, helping affected communities return to normal.
Preparedness plans for further flooding are already in place and pre-positioning of essential goods is ongoing. There has been strong collaboration with government from the outset, including routine coordination, the development of joint assessment templates and harmonised reporting structures. In short, the response has been effective thus far.
This Flash Appeal provides resources to the United Nations and Partners, to ensure that vital humanitarian and early recovery assistance is provided to those most in need. The Appeal requests a total amount of US$ 20,212,297 to address the urgent humanitarian and some limited early recovery needs of the affected population in the coming six months. The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has already provided $8.68 millionfor immediate activities in key sectors, while the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) has provided $ 4.8 million. These sources of funding are clearly represented in the Flash Appeal along with unmet requirements.
In addition, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), in support of the Sudan Red Crescent, launched a separate Preliminary Emergency Appeal on 17 July 2007 (subsequently revised 8 August 2007).