Floods threaten to derail South Sudan’s recovery

Source(s): The New Humanitarian

By Obi Anyadike, Senior Editor 

Severe flooding in South Sudan has affected close to a million people, threatening to reverse some of the humanitarian gains made during a year-long ceasefire in the country’s civil war, aid workers and UN officials say.


The UN’s emergency aid coordination body, OCHA, said floods have hit a total of 32 counties in Jonglei, Upper Nile, Warrap, Eastern Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Unity, and Lakes – areas where more than three million people were already in need of assistance even before the rains.


“We are seeing more malaria cases, watery diarrhoea cases, and respiratory tract infections as a result of the flooding,” said Edi Atte, MSF’s emergency coordinator. “The health condition of the people is deteriorating because they are drinking from open water sources.”


Members of the UN Security Council, on a visit to South Sudan earlier this month, urged the country’s leaders to settle the outstanding issues over the implementation of the peace agreement – which has stalled on disagreements over new states, their boundaries, and the reunification of the security forces.


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