Unity State government says it is planning to relocate the Internally Displaced Persons from the UN protection of civilians’ site to a safer area.
The State Minister of Information, Peter Makuth, says they have asked the UN Mission to relocate the IDPs.
“We are in contact with Mr. Toby Lanzer, who is in charge of UN Humanitarian Affairs. We want to seek his opinion in the light of this move and he can give directives to the office in Benitu,” Mr Makuth said.
He says they are planning to move the IDPs from the current site to a highland due to flooding in the camp, which was caused by the recent downpour. He fears that this condition poses health risks to the camp residents.
There are 47,000 IDPs in the camp. “As it continues to rain, there is a possibility of disease outbreak,” he added.
Mr. Makuth says the IDPs have been affected during this rainy season because the area where they are sheltering is a low land.
He urged international and local humanitarian organizations to help the IDPs who have sought protection at the UN protection of civilians’ site.
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