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South Darfur displaced lose homes after heavy rain

August 4 - 2015 SOUTH DARFUR
Muddy roads in Kalma camp in South Darfur, after heavy rains mid-July 2015 (RD)
Muddy roads in Kalma camp in South Darfur, after heavy rains mid-July 2015 (RD)

A downpour has destroyed more than 100 houses in a camp for the displaced near Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, on Sunday.

El Salam camp Sheikh Mahjoub Adam Tabeldiya said that the rains were accompanied by severe winds that lasted for more than four hours. The storm has destroyed houses and left the affected families out in the open without shelter. Tabeldiya appealed, through Radio Dabanga, to the humanitarian organisations, to provide humanitarian assistance and other shelter materials to the families.

In Kalma camp, torrential rains, also accompanied by strong winds, destroyed four classrooms of a mixed basic school. They usually accommodated about 400 students in Square 2.

Sheikh Ali Abdelrahman El Taher, the head of the camp, added that the heavy rainfall has destroyed four houses in Square 5 and four cottages that belong to the World Food Programme.

El Taher described the situation in the camp as “dire”, because the rains damage houses and schools, and the accumulated water blocks the streets. He demanded the aid organisations in the camp to offer help to the vulnerable people in Kalma, and provide them with plastic sheets, rugs and bed nets.

On Thursday, Radio Dabanga reported that many of the more than 163,000 displaced people in Kalma camp suffer from a shortage of food and poor sanitary provisions.

On 16 July, heavy rains destroyed 761 homes in the camp. The flash floods filled the pits and pools at the camp to the brim. Two days later, two children drowned in one of the pits.

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