IDP News Alert, 1 June 2012
Haiti: New floods compound existing challenges of earthquake IDPs
Since the early start to the rainy season in March, almost 20,000 people, most of whom are IDPs living in camps, have been affected by floods, landslides and the loss of crops and livestock in six departments. This includes 7,600 people who had to be evacuated in the first week of May.
The Government of Haiti and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator issued a joint statement at the end of March highlighting how underfunding of the ongoing humanitarian response threatens the needs IDPs.
As of May, approximately 421,000 IDPs displaced by the 2011 earthquake, are still living in camps with 19% of them facing the risk of being forcibly evicted by landowners. As the hurricane and rainy season continues through to November, the contamination of water sources has already led to a sharp increase in cholera.
See also: IDMC Natural Disasters thematic page
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Mali: Banditry and disease heighten risks for IDPs in Mali
Shortages of food, water and fuel are of increasing concern for IDPs in Northern Mali. Heavy banditry in areas of displacement is resulting in grave food insecurity as access to essential food is limited and prices increase.
Vulnerable IDPs remain of particular concern. Amnesty international recently reported on older IDPs being left behind in conflict zones, while UNICEF highlights concerns surrounding the spread of cholera, measles and poliomyelitis; of particular threat to women and children IDPs in the absence of vaccination campaigns and medical staff due to the conflict.
Many of the estimated 146,900 IDPs currently live with host families and rely on them for their survival. Humanitarian assistance remains negligible as Islamist group Ansar Dine continues to refuse Western aid. Negotiations have recently been taking place between the High Islamic Council of Mali and armed groups to establish a humanitarian corridor into the north of the country.
See also: IDMC Mali country page
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