Water drought, flooding hits Central and North Darfur camps
A water crisis has struck the internally displaced people living in Nierteti locality, Central Darfur, after all the water pumps in the camps have stalled. Meanwhile the accumulation of water in a camp in El Fasher locality is causing the spread of mosquitoes and malaria.
A displaced person from the Nierteti North camp revealed to Radio Dabanga that there are six stalled pumps in his camp, two in the South camp, and three in the Garsila camp in Nierteti locality. “The residents demand the aidorganisations to intervene and resolve the problem, which has led to a hike in the water prices.”
He explained that a barrel of water has amounted to SDG 20 ($3.50) in the Nierteti camps.
Malaria spreads in El Fasher locality
The accumulation of water in Abu Shouk camp in North Darfur has caused the spread of malaria, carried by mosquitoes, an activist in the camp reported to Radio Dabanga. He added that the displaced people have lost their homes owing to the recent heavy rainfall.
The activist appealed to the North Darfur Ministry of Health and the local authorities to speed up the provision of medicines, mosquito nets, and to bridge and dry the water ponds. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan and the World Health
Organization (WHO) conducted water testing in Abu Shouk camp between 6 and 16 August. In total, 25 water samples were collected for bacteriological analysis. The test results revealed that 13 samples were contaminated. In addition, 20 out 22 samples taken for residual chlorine testing were found unsafe for human consumption. Moreover, sanitary inspection showed that there is stagnant water around the hand pumps, and there is a need for urgent fencing to prevent contamination.
Zamzam camp in El Fasher locality has also witnessed a mosquito infestation as the heavy rainfall caused 15 large water pools, a resident told Radio Dabanga recently.