JULY 12, 2010: Humanitarian Action in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Weekly Bulletin, 12 July 2010

Humanitarian Action in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Weekly Bulletin, 12 July 2010

SOURCE: UNOCHA

Headlines

• Humanitarian community mobilized in bringing humanitarian assistance to the victims of Sange's incident.

• New wave of displacement reported in the Grand Nord of the North Kivu Province.

• A high number of sexual violence cases registered in Isiro, Orientale Province between last May and June.

Sange's incident

• The humanitarian community of the South Kivu Province is currently mobilized in bringing crucial humanitarian assistance to the victims of the accident occurred in Sange. On 2 July, a fuel tanker exploded in Sange, 45 km North of Uvira, killing 240 people and injuring other 100. Approximately 20 houses were also burned down. Humanitarian organizations based in Bukavu and Uvira immediately responded to help assisting the injured and their families. A total of 36 ambulances were mobilized by several humanitarian actors and four helicopters of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) were provided to facilitate the transport of injured bodies to medical centres in Bukavu and Uvira. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and OXFAM-UK have worked to collect the dead bodies and to clean the area where the explosion took place. The World Health Organization (WHO), International Medical Corps (IMC), Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF) rapidly intervened to assist medical centres with medical material and additional staff. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) distributed 50 mosquito nets, 100 blankets, 200 soaps and 100 kitchen kits to the affected families. The World Food Programme (WFP) distributed a two-week ration to approximately 2,000 injured people and their families.

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