Floods have submerged 60% of South Sudan’s territory, according to MSF.
According to Medicines Sans Frontières, South Sudan’s four-year floods have drowned 60% of the country’s land, resulting in a disastrous humanitarian crisis.
According to a press statement from the medical charity, major flooding has occurred in Jonglei, Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Upper Nile, Unity, Warrap, Western Equatoria, Lakes States, and Abyei Administrative Area in recent months.
According to MSF, the floods have displaced hundreds of thousands of people, killed millions of animals, and devastated thousands of acres of agriculture, contributing to the country’s worsening food security problem.
According to the charity outreach team, the scenario has resulted in an alarming spike in rates of moderate to severe acute malnutrition, with over 4000 children treated for malnutrition between January and September of this year.
It also reported a significant increase in malaria cases, with at least 81,000 individuals treated for malaria in only two months.
According to MSF, the flooding has rendered tens of thousands homeless, isolated settlements, and made humanitarian aid distribution difficult.
“With nowhere else to go,” the statement continues.
“The absence of housing, adequate drinking water, and sanitary facilities in the camps have contributed to epidemics of infectious and waterborne illnesses and other health problems.
“As a consequence, a humanitarian tragedy has been created for a community that already faces far too many of them.”
The charitable group is concerned that as the dry season approaches, there could be an upsurge in inter-communal violence when some people conduct livestock raids to reclaim animals lost during the floods.
According to the World Food Program, 75 percent of the country’s population is on the verge of starvation.
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