United Nations refugee agency staff and their counterparts from Chad have finished registering almost 5,000 Sudanese refugees in and around the border town of Tine ahead of their urgent relocation to safer positions further inside Chad. A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the agency wants to move the refugees as quickly as possible after several bombs exploded near Tine last Thursday.

Sudanese government forces bombed the Chadian side of the border town of Tine last week, killing two people as they fought rebels for control of the Sudanese half of the city, reported. According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, seven explosions rocked an area close to where Sudanese refugees had been gathering. The blasts killed a man and his daughter and left 15 others injured.

A further 18,000 Sudanese refugees flooded into eastern Chad over the past week following continued heavy fighting in Sudan's western Darfur region. This brings the number of refugees flowing into Chad to over 110,000 since two rebel groups seeking autonomy for Darfur launched a guerrilla war against the Sudanese government early last year. In addition, the UN estimates that over 600,000 have been internally displaced within Darfur.

An outbreak of cholera killed 11 people in southern Chad earlier this month, but the outbreak has been brought under control following repairs to the water supply system in the town of Moundou, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said last Thursday. Dr Abdoulaye Yam, the leader of a WHO team which investigated an outbreak of acute diarrhoea in Moundou, an industrial town 600 km south of the capital N'Djamena, said the disease had been confirmed as cholera.

The UN refugee agency has dispatched teams to the border region of Chad to look into reports of some 18,000 new Sudanese refugees fleeing continued violence in western Sudan's Darfur region over the past five days. Local authorities in the border area north of the town of Adre in eastern Chad told a UNHCR team there Tuesday that some 8,000 refugees had arrived in three different sites. The new arrivals had reportedly fled from fighting in Sudan's Djerbira canton since January 16.