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Health worsens as 175 latrines collapse in Bentiu

Author : | Published: Saturday, August 30, 2014

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says around 175 latrines have collapsed in the Unity State capital, Bentiu, due to heavy rains that have caused renewed flooding.

OCHA says that as a result of the collapse, the number of people per latrine has increased from around 70 to over 100, worsening the health situation in the site.

It says this has worsened the living conditions for the internally displaced persons who are sheltering in the camps in Bentiu.

OCHA adds that water and sanitation partners have dug three kilometres of a channel outside the site, meant to drain flood water from the base to the natural river flow.

In its monthly situation report, the agency also said due to the rainy season, malaria is on the rise and it has represented over 26 per cent of deaths recorded in health centres and displacement sites between the 18th and 24th of this month.

The report says with the ongoing rains, humanitarian needs continue to deteriorate, as aid agencies warn about the critical water and sanitation situation in Protection of Civilians site in Unity State’s capital, Bentiu.

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