South Sudan – 90,000 Affected by Floods Since Start of Rainy Season

The Red Cross reports that an estimated 90,000 people have been affected by flooding during this year’s rainy season in South Sudan. Flooding has damaged homes and agricultural fields, and forced families and their livestock to higher ground.

As early season flooding unfolds in parts of South Sudan, the humanitarian community is working with the Government of South Sudan to support people affected by the rising waters, the Red Cross said.

On 04 August FloodList reported that at least 7 people died in flash flooding that affected Mayendit County, Unity State, South Sudan.

Since then the the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reported that flooding has affected the states of Jonglei, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Unity, Upper Nile and Warrap since the start of this year’s rainy season, which usually starts around May.

In Jonglei, at least 30,000 people were affected by floods in Ayod County and a further 18,000 were affected in Fangak County since May this year, UNOCHA said. Meanwhile a combined total of 37,000 people in communities across Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Unity, Upper Nile and Warrap states have also been affected.

Flooding is also affected wide areas of neighbouring Sudan.

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