Funds will also be used to provide return assistance to 200,000 stranded migrants
IOM has appealed for US$ 41.6 million to provide urgently needed aid to thousands escaping the violence in Côte d'Ivoire and to avert a looming humanitarian catastrophe.
The situation in the capital Abidjan, and in the west and central regions of the country, has dramatically deteriorated due to continued heavy fighting. Thousands of civilians have been trapped inside their houses without food and water for more than a week. It is estimated that over 1 m people have left their homes in Abidjan and are now sheltering with relatives.
Reports from Abidjan indicate that large numbers of dead bodies are strewn in the streets and entire neighbourhoods are without electricity and water. The city, home to five million people, has a severe shortage of water treatment products. It is feared that this could lead to an early outbreak of water-borne diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea.