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Flood victims in South Sudan exceed 900,000

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The world’s youngest state, mired in ethno-political violence and chronic political instability since gaining independence from Sudan in 2011, is enduring widespread flooding for the fourth consecutive year, now affecting nine of South Sudan’s ten states, the Office said. UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in its briefing note on the crisis.

Nearly 909,000 people are affected by widespread flooding in South Sudan, more than double the number reported last month, according to the latest United Nations estimate released on Tuesday.

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The world’s youngest state, mired in ethno-political violence and chronic political instability since gaining independence from Sudan in 2011, is enduring widespread flooding for the fourth consecutive year, now affecting nine of South Sudan’s ten states, the Office said. UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in its briefing note on the crisis.

According to available information, “the floods killed cattle, destroyed crops, destroyed roads and bridges, destroyed houses, schools and health infrastructure, covered wells and latrines, contaminating springs and raising the risk of water-borne diseases”, OCHA pointed out.

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In Unity state (north), which is among the hardest hit, rising water levels caused dams to break in two locations on Sunday, a development that threatens to flood refugee camps and a base of the UN Mission in South Sudan, he added the office.

In Bar el Ghazal (west), torrential rains caused the collapse of a strategically important bridge, cutting off the route of humanitarian aid to already struggling populations, according to the same source.

In its previous crisis note in September, OCHA estimated that 386,000 people were affected by the floods.

The World Bank estimates that 80% of South Sudan’s 11 million people lived in “extreme poverty” in 2018.

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