380,000 people displaced by floods and violence in South Sudan says UN

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According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, at least 380,000 people from six states in South Sudan have been displaced by flash floods and repeated rounds of intercommunal conflicts (UNOCHA).

Flooding, violence, food insecurity, and Covid-19, according to a humanitarian snapshot seen by The EastAfrican, exacerbated people’s humanitarian needs in August.

“Flooding has harmed people in six states since May, with Jonglei and Unity being the worst hit. Many of those affected relocated within their county and need humanitarian assistance, according to UNOCHA.

“In Tambura, Western Equatoria, recurring violence displaced thousands of people and hampered humanitarian efforts. Since June, more least 58,000 people from Tambura have been relocated in eight settlements.”

Fighting between livestock keepers and host communities displaced roughly 10,000 people in Juba County, Central Equatoria, according to UNOCHA.

“More than 5,000 individuals have been displaced by sub-national conflict in Tonj East County, Warrap. In Manyo County, Upper Nile, fighting between suspected opposing military units of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in-Opposition displaced 2,000 people.

“In Yei County, Central Equatoria, armed factions clashed, displacing 700 people. Additional cash is required to meet the escalating requirements caused by widespread flooding and violence, according to OCHA.

According to County Commissioner Gordon Koang Diel, about 1,500 people have been displaced from their homes in Koch County, Unity State, and are currently seeking shelter at the county headquarters.

Thousands of people were uprooted and numerous homes were destroyed in South Sudan last year due to severe rains and flash floods. The states of Jonglei, Pibor, Upper Nile, Unity, Western, and Eastern Equatoria were the hardest hit.

According to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) Climate Prediction, heavy rainfall is expected to continue in northern and central parts of South Sudan until mid of September.

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