South Sudan’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and disaster management (MHADM) declared Mangalla as an internally displaced people’s camp.
In the letter seen by NCMP, the ministry mentioned that because of the disaster caused by flooding that has resulted in the displacement of the persons, the government through the ministry has decided to establish an IDP in Mangalla town.
The letter further noted that the displaced persons are in dire need of various kinds of humanitarian assistance.
Vast areas of the country along the River Nile are now underwater, more than 600,000 people have been affected since July in Jonglei, Lakes, Unity, Upper Nile, and Central and Western Equatoria.
Entire communities have fled to higher ground to escape the rising waters. The number of people affected will continue to grow in the coming weeks, and many women and children who had earlier been displaced by sub-national violence are now displaced again.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) initially reported more than 5,000 people were displaced in Bor Town, the capital of Jonglei state. Since then flooding along the White Nile has affected wide areas of Twic East, Duk and Ayod counties.
Last month, Peter Mayen, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management said families are in dire situation and needed urgent assistance.
“We are experiencing this horrible disaster. My current appeal is to all humanitarian agencies to immediately assist those affected through provision of food and medical assistance,” he said.