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UNICEF Cameroon - Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report (October 2013)

 Flash Floods in 2013: On 18th and 26th September 2013, floods were reported in Gougui, Houmi and Begue Palam Communities in the Kai-Kai subdivision in the Mayo Danay division (Far North Region) due to rupture in the Logone dam. As a result 3,108 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) have been relocated to Begue Palam. 400 families have been reached with essential WASH supplies since the beginning of the floods. UNICEF has signed a partnership with the Cameroon Red Cross to improve water quality, build 80 emergencies latrines and promote good hygiene practices among IDPs.
 Nigerian Refugees: A refugee camp is already established in Minawao (situated in Mayo Tsanaga division (Mokolo), some 30 km from Mokolo and 130 km from the boarder, and 75 km far from Maroua). The number of refugees living in Minawao camp has increased to 1,735 including 277 new arrivals on October 19th. WASH needs - all the 60 latrines and 30 showers planned as first WASH emergencies response have been constructed through the partnership between UNICEF and ACEEN. Education needs -UNHCR, UNICEF expedited a response package of school bags, ECD kits, recreation kits, hygiene kits (for teachers), and schools in a box for the 623 children in the camp. Nutrition needs - The screening and active case finding of acute malnutrition organized on October found that 2.27% of total screened children (n=57/2265) suffer from severe acute malnutrition and 9.7% (n=22/2265) suffer from moderate acute malnutrition. 6 new SAM cases of children started receiving treatment with therapeutic foods and drugs in the outpatient centre of Gadala.
 Donor Visits: An ECHO delegation mission undertook a 5 day mission to the Far North region and conducted a joint evaluation of the nutrition intervention of management of acute malnutrition along with the teams from UNICEF / French Red Cross / International Medical Corps.
 A fire in the UNICEF warehouse in Douala occurred on October 19. Stocks and materials of WASH, Education, Nutrition worth at least 615,000 US$ were destroyed.

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United Nations Children's Fund
Original Publication Date: 
28 Oct 2013
Document type: 
Situation Report
Humanitarian Financing
Natural Disasters
Refugees and Returnees