OLS Southern Sudan Weekly Update, 10/8/96

OLS Southern Sudan Weekly Update, 10/8/96

Date: Tue, 08 Oct 96 16:11:11 KEN


A weekly report on major developments concerning relief operations in southern Sudan

OLS TEAM VISITS AKOBO... An OLS team, comprised of staff from UNICEF, WFP, Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) -Belgium and ACROSS, visited Akobo on 2-4 October to assess the flood damage, food economy situation, and options for resuming programmes. The team spoke with local authorities and visited programme sites, including the hospital, which they found intact and functioning normally. On their recommendation that programmes resume, and with the approval of the OLS Security Advisor, MSF-Belgium and Veternaires sans Frontieres-Belgium plan to return to Akobo on 13 October to resume health and livestock outreach services. OLS staff were relocated from Akobo to Lokichokio on 8 September as a precautionary measure due to insecurity.

FLIGHT SCHEDULE FOR OCTOBER... OLS has received clearance from the Government of Sudan for the October 1996 flight schedule into southern Sudan with the following exceptions:

- The zone south of the Kapoeta-Torit-Juba and Juba-Yei-Kajo Keji lines.

- Abwong, Akak, Boma, Chukudum, Ikotos, Labone, Loronyo, Malual Kon, Nimule, Nyamlell, Pariang, Yomciir, and Yei.

- Lietnhom and Mayen Abun can be accessed from Khartoum only, with specific approval.

RELIEF FLIGHTS RESUME INTO POCHALLA... OLS relief flights into Pochalla resumed this week and 2,000 displaced/emergency kits donated by World Vision International are being flown to the area. Three additional flights are scheduled later in the week to continue the input of relief supplies and monitoring of programmes. OLS was granted flight clearance in August for relief assistance but was denied access for the month of September, interrupting relief activities which were initiated in response to severe flooding over the last four months.

UPDATE ON ANNUAL OLS NEEDS ASSESSMENT... Field data collection for the OLS southern sector sites of the 1996 annual needs assessment is complete, with 19 locations visited in southern Sudan. All six assessment teams are in Lokichokio compiling the data which will include information on water, health, livestock, nutrition and education, as well as population and food security data. Field data entry is expected to be complete by the end of October.

1996 CROP ASSESSMENT COMPLETED... The FAO/WFP/UNICEF joint crop assessment for 1996, which began 11 September, was completed this week. The assessment team visited sites in Western Equatoria, western Upper Nile, northern Bahr el Ghazal, Juba, Malakal and the Sobat Basin in order to interview local officials and farmers to determine yields and potential shortfalls. Preliminary findings indicated that Juba, Jonglei, Gogrial and Aweil will be the hardest hit in the coming months due to excessive rain causing crop disease and flooding, and insecurity. The crop assessment report will be available by the end of the month.

OLS PROGRAMMES UPDATE... WFP continued food distributions in Pakor, with 32 metric tonnes to 38,500 beneficiaries, and completed distributions in Panyagor, with 31mt to 38,750 beneficiaries. An additional 16mt was delivered for in-patient feeding, supplementary feeding and food for training for Medecins sans Frontieres-Holland in Leer and Duar, for MedAir in Atar, for Norwegian Church Aid in Lokutok, for Save the Children Fund -UK in Ajiep, and for the Comboni Sisters in Nzara. Assessments were completed this week in Mogos and Akobo.


Message-ID: <> Date: Tue, 8 Oct 1996 09:56:46 -0400 From: "Younis AI." <younis@RMY.EMORY.EDU> Subject: OLS SOUTHERN SUDAN Weekly Update: 8 October 1996

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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