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Floods displaced over 900,000 people countrywide – OCHA

Author: Stephen Omiri | Published: Friday, October 14, 2022

The UN peacekeepers building 4 kilometers of dyke to stop massive flooding caused by incessant rain. - credit - UNMISS

Heavy rains and severe flooding have affected more than 900,000 people across South Sudan since August, the UN’s humanitarian agency said in a report.

The Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has also revealed that at least 616,000 people were affected by floods and torrential rains in 22 counties as of 30 September.

OCHA’s September rapid needs assessments have shown that Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Unity, and Western Equatoria are the worst affected areas.

The report said that extensive flooding, high levels of food insecurity, violence, and disease outbreak continue to impact people across the country in September.

It says the number of people affected is expected to increase as the rains continue.

“The floods have destroyed homes, schools and health facilities, water sources, crop fields, pastures, and restricted trade routes,” indicated the report.

Infrastructures like boreholes and latrines were submerged, thereby contaminating water sources and risking outbreaks of waterborne diseases, the agency said.

“Priority needs include food assistance, shelter, health, nutrition and WASH supplies. Contingency stocks in WASH and Shelter-Non Food Items pipelines have been considerably depleted.

According to the UN agency adds that physical access remains a challenge for humanitarians to reach affected people as roads become impassable.

Other factors captured in the report are renewed fighting and community conflicts in some parts of South Sudan.

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