Fifty Seven Flood Affected Families receive Emergency Shelter/Non-Food Items in El Koma Locality, North Darfur

Thursday, July 21, 2016

With the generous support of the Government of Canada, IOM Sudan has begun distributing Emergency Shelter/ Non-Food items (ES/NFI) to 57 of the most vulnerable families whose homes have been completely destroyed in the recent heavy rains and flooding in El Koma locality, North Darfur State.

Heavy rainfall on June 19th and 20th caused flooding in various areas of El Koma locality and on June 22nd North Darfur’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) and the State Ministry of Social Welfare reported damage caused by flooding in El Koma to IOM as part of the Weekly Flood Updates initiative. Subsequently, upon their request and with the endorsement of the Area Humanitarian Country Team in El Fasher; an IOM-Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team, jointly with HAC was deployed to the area to assess and evaluate damage as well as to register the affected population. The assessment was done through door to door household assessments, observation of damaged infrastructure and registration of affected households. Assessment results have been shared with humanitarian partners in Sudan for further assistance.

The assessment shows that there is continued support needed in the locality; as the IOM DTM team registered a total of 581 households, with a total number of 3,327 individuals affected by the floods in El Koma locality. 579 houses were partially or fully destroyed (57 of which were fully destroyed and 522 partially destroyed), and a total of 10 schools were fully or partially destroyed (2 of which were fully destroyed and 8 partially destroyed). The standard Emergency Shelter/Non-Food Items kits distributed consist of 5 items: plastic sheeting, 2 blankets, a jerry can, 1 kitchen set and 2 sleeping mats.

El Koma locality is situated 80km east of El Fasher town in North Darfur state. It is comprised of three administrative units (El Koma, Um Hejlij / Sari unit, and El Kebeer / Khebbeesh administrative units) and has an estimated population of 82,156 individuals (Source: Darfur census 2008).

IOM’s ES/NFI assistance targets the most vulnerable IDP and returnee households identified using data collected through the Displacement Tracking Matrix or inter-agency assessment mission reports. Flood response beneficiaries are selected based on their level of vulnerability which in this case comprised of those households that were assessed to be fully destroyed.

For further information, please contact Lorena Dos Santos +249-15655460/ Ext 210 at IOM Sudan,