Concern is responding to the wants of 32,000 folks left homeless by floods in South Sudan – South Sudan

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Concern Worldwide has stepped up emergency aid in South Sudan after hundreds of thousands of people were displaced from their homes by the worst floods in nearly 60 years.

“The extent of the flooding this year was immense,” said Shumon Sengupta, Country Director of Concern in South Sudan. “Over 200,000 people – more than a quarter of the local population in the state of Unity – have had to leave their homes due to increasing flooding.”

“According to local records, the region has not had floods of this magnitude since 1962, and although organizations like Concern Worldwide are working tirelessly to respond to the escalating humanitarian crisis (with financial support from donors like BHA / USAID, ECHO, GAC, EFP and UNICEF) the need far exceeds the current level of humanitarian aid, both inside and outside the IDP camps.

“Families have been evicted and seek refuge at higher levels, in public buildings or with neighbors or the family. Access to basic services, including health and nutritional support, has been cut as clinics have been damaged, submerged in floods, or inaccessible. “

Without access to basic services and a weakened infrastructure to support those in need of medical attention, an increasing incidence of hepatitis E, malaria and diarrheal diseases and the associated malnutrition is inevitable, warned Mr Sengupta. Crops and livelihoods have been destroyed, exacerbating the already pressing problem of food insecurity and malnutrition.

Even before the flood, Unity State had extensive humanitarian needs as two-thirds of the population were affected by crises or emergencies of acute food insecurity. “Tensions between communities have also increased due to pressures on limited resources and further exacerbation of the need for humanitarian aid,” said Sengupta.

Outside the internally displaced persons camps, the team is responding to the needs of 32,000 people affected by floods with the support of institutional donors and € 150,000 from Concern’s emergency fund by:

· Supporting the government and humanitarian partners in the construction and maintenance of dykes around health and nutrition centers;

· Continue to provide life-saving nutritional support to undernourished women and children in temporary locations;

· Canoe access to isolated villages for essential medical supplies;

· Distribution of cash to the affected population to help them meet their basic needs;

· Distribution of shelter and non-food materials such as mats, mosquito nets, blankets and cooking utensils; and water and toiletries, including water purification tablets, plastic sheeting, canisters and buckets;

· Expansion of cash aid and the supply of water, sanitation and hygiene items and materials for accommodation to 19,000 additional beneficiaries.

Nyaguande *, a 35-year-old mother of six, and her family had to leave their home after flooding it. Together with older relatives, they went on a five-day, 83-kilometer hike through waist-deep water to find safety in Bieh, where Concern Worldwide supports them and other families in their position.

“When the floods flooded our home, we lost everything, including livestock and farm produce. The road to Bieh is covered with water up to the waist (about 1.5 m high), which makes the movement slow and tiring. We didn’t have enough food because we couldn’t carry enough ourselves and our children developed diarrhea, vomiting and a fever. “

* For media inquiries, contact Eamon Timmins, Media Relations Manager, Concern Worldwide at eamon.timmins@concern.net or 087 9880524 *

* Name changed to protect beneficiary’s identity.

By: Eamon Timmins

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