13,000 Darfuris made homeless by floods - Sudanese government gives blankets and corn
El-Fatih Abdel Aziz, the government's manager of Abou Shouk camp in North Darfur, told Reuters the heaviest rains seen in decades had damaged a dam built to prevent flooding in the camp next to the state's main town, el-Fasher.UPDATE Aug 15 AP:
"This dam... was damaged because of the heavy rain at night, and after that half of the camp was flooded. The government intervened and gave every family blankets and corn," he said.
Non-governmental organisations working in the camp were to meet to decide whether to transfer the 13,000 displaced to another camp. Abou Shouk, just outside el-Fasher, houses about 50,000 Darfuris.
About 2,000 families were also homeless in el-Fasher town. (Image SABC News)
An official at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs said some 2,284 families lost their makeshift shelters in Abu Shouk camp, according to a preliminary report. In El-Fasher, seven neighborhoods were leveled and 547 families left homeless, 12 schools destroyed and the central market heavily damaged, the official said.
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CARE International piping clean water to residents of Kalma
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