The flood situation in South Sudan is worsening and, according to reports from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), between 600,000 and 800,000 people have now been affected.
The UN reported last week that 200,000 people in Maban County were affected by “unprecedented flooding.”
Flooding has since been reported in a total of 29 countries, mostly in eastern and northern parts of the country. UN OCHA said:
“Unusually heavy seasonal flooding is affecting large areas of South Sudan, with estimates that between 600,000 and 800,000 people have been affected, according to authorities. As of late October, Ayod, Maban, Mayom, Nyirol, Pibor and Uror in Greater Upper Nile were among the counties most heavily affected by the floods.
Flooding is limiting access to basic services and restricting the ability of humanitarian agencies to assess and respond to needs. There is also concern that flooding will increase the risk of malnutrition due to the destruction of personal food stocks and crops.
#Floods Situation in the Country
Causes: Heavy rainfall in Ethiopia High Land and consecutive Heavy Rainfall in these area.
Maban, Duk in Upper Nile
Terekeka in Centeral Equatoria pic.twitter.com/g2iVjbz9MS
— South Sudan Met Department (@SouthSudanMeteo) October 19, 2019
— John Jok (@john_jok3) October 15, 2019
Maban in Uper Nile flooded. @WMO @icpac_igad @FAOclimate @RadioTamazuj @RadioMiraya @metoffice @Ethiomet @MeteoKenya @MeteoUganda #weatherforecast #southsudan #climateservices pic.twitter.com/5Wzi3MZwXD
— South Sudan Met Department (@SouthSudanMeteo) October 15, 2019