FLOOD, Hits 32 Counties, displaces over 900,000 people
By: Nema Juma
An estimated 908,000 people in 32 counties have been affected with the worst flood in the East and North of the country, according to a press statement from United Kingdom.
The government declared the state of emergence in the flood affected areas that have extremely faced difficulties with roads washed away and landing strip under water.
“The flooding could have come at the worst time for the affected communities who are still battling with the consequences of the conflicts where getting ready to harvest their crops,” the statement reads.
The press release stated that the flooded regions have some of the worst levels of malnutrition and food insecurity rates in South Sudan.
Helen Lewis, Head of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) Office in South Sudan says “Today’s announcement will specifically support people affected by devastating floods.
“We will continue to assess what more is needed to support people to re-build their lives, “We call on the Government of South Sudan to further declare a state of emergency, to lead the response and provide support to the most affected communities. We stand ready to assist,”
UK has been supporting people affected by the worst flooding in in South Sudan in the last 30 years.
Working with key partners such as, Logistics Cluster, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), World Food Programme (WFP), UK aid will provide vital support, including disease prevention, clean water and sanitation, and shelter to affected communities. Our support also includes funding for a helicopter to deliver vital supplies.