More than 400,000 people affected by floods in South Sudan.
Heavy flooding in South Sudan has affected and displaced 426,000 people, including 185,000 children, according to the United Nations’ humanitarian office on Tuesday.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated in a briefing note that emergency personnel had utilized canoes and boats to reach those cut off by the deluge and that further severe rains and floods were anticipated in the coming months.
The downpours “have increased community vulnerability, with many individuals displaced by the floodwaters taking shelter in churches and schools,” according to the organization.
Rescue crews have also failed to reach around 25,000 people in Warrap, a northwest state beset by violent ethnic strife.
Rising waters caused by early seasonal rains have inundated farms, killing animals and damaging fragile thatched homes, only a year after historic floods affected 700,000 people.
According to OCHA, about 100,000 people who were displaced by the catastrophe last year have yet to return home.
In addition to health facilities that have been damaged or destroyed by the floods, 113 schools have been impacted, putting children’s education at danger, according to the report.
OCHA issued a warning last month about inadequate supplies and a financial deficit, stating that it has only received 54% of the $1.7 billion needed to finance projects in the nation.
Funding constraints have also prompted the United Nations World Food Programme to halt food assistance to nearly 100,000 displaced persons in South Sudan, the organization said earlier this month, threatening future cuts unless more money is provided.
According to the World Bank, four out of every five of South Sudan’s 11 million people live in “absolute poverty,” and more than 60 percent suffer from acute hunger as a result of the combined impacts of war, drought, and floods.
Since gaining independence from Sudan in 2011, the young country has been mired in a chronic economic and political crisis, and it is still trying to recover from the fallout of a five-year civil war that killed over 400,000 people.
Although a 2018 cease-fire and power-sharing agreement between President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar remain in place, it is being put to the test, with little progress made in implementing the conditions of the peace process.