The main source of food in greater Nasir especially in Wanding is fishing since the communities live along the river, with the floods this has made their life difficult as they cannot fish anymore. According to the interviews conducted 42% of respondents said wild fruits and cooking leaves while 19% rely on relatives and the other 39% donation from church and well-wishers. On cooking materials, some of the displaced managed to salvage their cooking materials thus they share them in their new settlements since they understood the dire situation. For the settlements, some live in the open, schools and churches while others have been taken in by their relatives or friends.

During the assessment conducted and out of observation 71 % of the displaced community living in local grass shelter, 18 % were living in Tukuls with relatives while 11 % living in the open. Most of the displaced community couldn’t salvage their NFI items but those who did shared amongst themselves especially the saucepans for cooking and other utensils. They could also borrow from the host community when needed.  Mosquito nets and blankets were rare to get with the little only preserved for the infants. The host community also helped share the extra they had.

Shelter types (with %s): Local grass thatched shelter- 71 %, Tukuls – 18 % and Sleeping in the open – 11 %

Average # sharing shelter: 70% of individuals are sharing shelter with relatives especially due to the massive floods displacements.

As the floods ravaged the shelters of the displaced people, there is nothing to rely on at the higher grounds rather assemble in schools or churches or live with relatives. During the HHs interviews, around 90% of the respondents sought for plastic sheets for shelter as it’s the most important.

During the time of needs assessment, it was observed that almost 55% of the affected population mostly children were affected with Malaria. This was due to majorly lack of enough mosquito nets among the displaced.  Their only coping mechanism was to smear bodies with ash which did little to prevent mosquitoes. Thus the need to supply mosquito nets.

Due to bad weather conditions and lack of proper shelter, the nights and raining moments are characterized by extreme cold which results to high cases of either flu or pneumonia among both children and adults. During the interviews almost 60% of the respondents mentioned use of bed sheets, rags or sacks for covering themselves. The team thus recommends in-kind assistance for blankets.

The ropes will complement the plastic sheets recommended earlier to help build the shelters. Past observations and interventions have seen some beneficiaries use mosquito nets for making shelters rather than use them for the intended purpose. Thus in-kind assistance for ropes is recommended.