(28 October 2019) On 20th October 2019, Rapid Support Force (RSF) in Altugula gold mine of Talodi polluted some water canals with the prohibited cyanide. They did this before their departure from the area. As a result, a donkey and a cow died because of drinking the polluted water.
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(22 October 2019) Rains in the Ethiopian highlands in the week of 14 October is affecting over thousands of people in Blue Nile and all the refugee camps in Maban in neighbouring South Sudan. As reported in the SKBN Humanitarian Update of August 2019, “Like in the rest of Sudan, flooding was especially widespread in Blue Nile. In the week of 11-25 August, heavy rain (also in the Ethiopian highlands) brought flooding throughout Blue Nile, destroying crops in Chali and Yabus payams. Many donkeys of Ethiopian merchants drowned, disrupting supplies to markets. With the main harvest still months away, the flooding will most certainly impact crop performance”.
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(October 20, 2019) Flooding in the Blue Nile and heavy rainfall in South Kordofan impedes on humanitarian aid delivery and will likely impact the main harvest.
Cholera awareness and prevention activities ongoing in the Blue Nile.
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(2 October 2019) The sit in demonstration by residents at Talodi locality protesting against the use of cyanide at the gold mines is still ongoing. They decided to make a demonstration march by 3rd October 2019. They planned to march up to Elgenaid company premises demanding for the stoppage of the activities at the gold mines as ordered by the state governor. However, the Rapid Support Force (RSF) is opposed to obey the governor’s order which raises the fear of maltreatment by RSF towards demonstrators.
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