A state official said Friday that severe floods in South Sudan’s northern state of Unity have deprived communities of supplies of food and other important items.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR in October blamed climate change, saying the country’s worst floods in 60 years affected more than 700,000 people.
In Ekta, which borders Sudan, the floods have left a trail of food shortages, have caused malnutrition among children and increased the spread of diseases such as malaria, said Lam, the state’s Minister of Lands, Housing and Public Utilities. Tungwar Kuigwong said.
He said the oil from the fields in the area had contaminated the water, leading to the death of domestic animals.
The suffering caused by the floods, including food shortages and diseases, is straining health facilities, said Médecins Sans Frontieres, an international charity that works in the region.
MSF said, “We are extremely concerned about malnutrition, with levels of severe malnutrition more than twice the WHO limit, and the number of children hospitalized with severe malnutrition more than doubled since the start of the floods. “
For Nytuk Koang, a mother of three boys and two girls, the worry is very real for her after being forced to move twice after a flood.
“We don’t have anywhere to sleep, we don’t have mosquito nets and we don’t have material to cover our house,” she said.
Nearly a decade after South Sudan gained post-war independence, the outgoing head of the UN mission in the country said in March that it was facing conflict, climate change and the threat of COVID-19.
Almost all of the population depends on international food aid, and most basic services such as health and education are provided by United Nations agencies and aid groups.