According to the United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Organization, more than 623,000 people are affected by ongoing flash floods and conflicts in South Sudan.
In a September humanitarian snapshot that The EastAfrican saw on Friday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said those affected came from 27 counties in eight states.
“The states of Jonglei and Unity were hardest hit – they represent around 58 percent of those affected – followed by the Upper Nile, Western and Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal. More than two-thirds of the counties affected by the flooding were faced with high levels of food insecurity.
“Schools, homes, health facilities and water sources have been flooded, affecting people’s access to basic services. Physical access remained a major challenge for humanitarian organizations to assess and respond to the needs of those affected by floods, ”reads the snapshot, which is covered between May and September this year.
UNOCHA estimates that subnational violence in the Tambura district of Western Equatoria has affected around 80,000 people.
“The fighting has been going on since June and access to the people affected by the conflict is difficult. In fighting between armed groups in Yei County, Central Equatoria, around 650 people were displaced to the city of Yei.
“Others fled into the bush, others are said to have fled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Subnational violence has been reported in Pibor, Akobo and Nyirol counties in Jonglei and Tonj North in Warrap, “OCHA added.
On October 1, a senior Warrap state official told The EastAfrican < / em> that at least 20 people died in the state as a result of persistent devastating flooding.
The official added that at least 17,500 people have been displaced, according to the State Relief and Rehabilitation Commission.
Last month UNOCHA announced that at least 380,000 people from six states in South Sudan were displaced by flash floods and numerous waves of intermunicipal clashes.
Last year torrential rains and flash floods displaced thousands of people and destroyed several Houses in South Sudan. The hardest hit areas were in the states of Jonglei, Pibor, Upper Nile, Unity, Western and Eastern Equatoria.
According to the climate forecast by the Intergovernmental Agency for Development (Igad), persistent heavy rainfall was expected in the north and central parts of South Sudan by mid-September.
Last month, South Sudan’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Peter Mayen, appealed to the cabinet to free up $ 10 million for flood relief. But there was no official response to his request.
Despite a period of relative stability, according to UNOCHA, more than 7 million people in South Sudan still need humanitarian aid vulnerabilities and weak essential services due to the cumulative effects of years of chronic conflict. < / p>