KHARTOUM, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations (UN) on Thursday announced allocation of 21 million U.S. dollars to address "the most critical humanitarian needs" in Sudan.
"The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) have together allocated 21 million dollars to address the most critical humanitarian needs," said UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in a statement Thursday.
The fund also aims to increase self-reliance of communities in newly accessible areas in Darfur's Jebel Marra area, as well as in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, the statement said.
"This timely funding support will enable humanitarian partners in Sudan to provide life-saving food support, nutrition, water and sanitation, health and other assistance to thousands of children, women and men in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile," said Marta Ruedas, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan.
In June 2017, the UN launched the Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan with the aim to raise a total funding of 804 million dollars, to benefit some 4 million people.
The UN says the humanitarian needs in Sudan remain significant, with 4.8 million people in need of assistance, including 2.3 million internally displaced persons.