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Flooding in Displacement Sites

South Sudan flooding compounds nightmareSouth Sudan flooding compounds nightmareJuba, South Sudan — Seasonal flooding has taken its toll on people sheltering in displacement sites, with some people living knee-deep in mud in some locations. Living conditions in the Bentiu Protection of Civilian (PoC) site in Unity State remained dire due to flooding. An estimated 47,000 people are sheltering in Bentiu PoC site. Efforts to pump out floodwater from the PoC site continued, with water levels brought down by as much as 50 cm in the worst-affected areas.

Sanitation coverage was at one latrine for every 96 people.

In Mingkaman, Lakes State, heavy rains caused flooding in several areas of the sites, which together shelter around 100,000 displaced people. Partners responded by re-opening roads and drainage between and within the sites, raising shelters where needed or establishing small-scale flood mitigation.

Meanwhile, relocation of displaced people to the new PoC site in Bor, Jonglei State was completed on 27 October. The new site provides improved living conditions on less floodprone land than the old PoC site. Partners were still verifying the total number of people relocated, including those who received plots, shelter material and other humanitarian as sistance. The last official biometric registration in September confirmed about 2,700 individuals. At the height of the violence in Bor in January, some 17,000 people sought refuge in the UN base.

SOURCE: Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in South Sudan




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