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Floods, disease and death in Bentiu

The sight of people wading in knee-deep water between dilapidated and flooded shelters in has become increasingly common as the rainy season peaks.

With the flooding, already squalid living conditions for the over 46,000 people seeking shelter at the UN base in Bentiu in South Sudan’s northern Unity State have worsened. Latrines have collapsed contaminating ground water; debris has clogged drainage channels.

A cycle of disease and death

The risk of infectious waterborne diseases is increasing, especially for children under five years of age.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 51 (as of 28 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

● Extensive rains in Bentiu caused renewed flooding and the collapse of around 175 latrines, worsening living conditions for displaced people.

● The crash of a UN-contracted helicopter near Bentiu, Unity State, on 26 August caused suspension of humanitarian flights to the area.

● One in seven people in South Sudan have been displaced from their homes since conflict broke out in December 2013.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Waiting in Leitchuor: South Sudanese refugees need help

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DanChurchAid

Eight months after conflict broke out, thousands of South Sudanese refugees continue to flee into Ethiopia but lack of funding makes it difficult to provide shelter, clean water and proper sanitation. In August 2014, DanChurchAid visited Leitchuor camp in the Gambella region of south western Ethiopia.

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IOM SLO Response to South Sudan Crisis in Ethiopia: External Situation Report 20 - 26 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

• Since the beginning of August, IOM has relocated a total of 7,543 refugees from Akobo, Burbiey, Matar, Pamdong by bus, air and boats to way stations and camps.

• Camps such as Tierkedi and Leichour are experiencing flooding.
Urgent relocation from existing camps is necessary to avoid an emergency within emergency.

• Total number of refugees evacuated by IOM: 169,888 from Gambella and 1,906 from Benishangul‐Gumuz.

GENERAL OVERVIEW

International Organization for Migration:

Copyright © IOM. All rights reserved.

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Kenya + 1 other
Kakuma Operational Update 21st – 27th August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Heavy rains pounded Kakuma on 25th August for several hours, resulting in previously dry river beds to overflow. Culverts leading to the camp were flooded as a result, cutting off the entire camp for hours and causing staff from UNHCR and other agencies to be stranded.

  • An urgent inter-agency coordination meeting was held and a quick assessment of the affected refugees was organized to establish the extent of damage caused by the floods so that immediate emergency interventions could be determined.

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World + 12 others
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388) [EN/FR]

Contents of this issue:

29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Assessing and mitigating the risks of outbreaks due to wild poliovirus in polio-free African countries, 2013-2014
  • 387 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January- July 2014

29 août 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Evaluation et atténuation du risque de flambée due à un poliovirus sauvage dans les pays africains exempts de poliomyélite, 2013-2014
  • 387 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-juillet 2014
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One fifth of the world's displaced are Syrians

According to the UN, the number of registered Syrian refugees has now passed 3 million people, while 6.5 million are internally displaced in Syria. This means that close to one fifth of the world's 50 million displaced are from Syria. Although the world is witnessing a historic number of serious crises it remains important to keep focusing on the dire humanitarian situation in and around Syria.

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South Sudan + 1 other
IOM South Sudan Humanitarian Update 34 (21 - 27 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHT

The new IOM Clinic in Bentiu is close to opening. Supplies and furniture have been moved to the new site

OVERVIEW

Over 1.3 million people remain internally displaced across the country and just over 447,000 people have fled the violence to neighbouring countries (Uganda 123,000, Kenya 42,000, Ethiopia 189,100 and Sudan 93,500). There are currently 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan.

International Organization for Migration:

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Ethiopia + 1 other
UNICEF Ethiopia South Sudanese Refugees’ Update SitRep #15 – (Reporting Period 1 – 15 August 2014)

Highlights:

  • As of 15 August, 189,327 South Sudanese asylum seekers have arrived in Gambella Region of Ethiopia. Over 90 per cent of the new arrivals are women and children and almost 68 percent are children. The current daily average arrival rate is 800. UNHCR estimates that 300,000 refugees will seek asylum in Ethiopia by end of 2014.

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South Sudan’s Hip Hop Artists call for Peace and Reconciliation Through the Unhip Practice of Farming

JUBA, Aug 28 2014 (IPS) - “What is the benefit when children are crying and people are dying due to hunger? There is no need to cry when you have the potential to dig,” sings Juba-based dancehall reggae group, the Jay Family, in their latest single “Stakal Shedit,” which means “Work Hard” in Arabic.

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South Sudan needs increased attention

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DanChurchAid

“Severe food insecurity”, “Emergency” or “Famine” – South Sudan cannot wait for formal definition of hunger crisis

Experience shows that more people will die before famine is formally declared, yet South Sudan is not getting the media attention or sufficient funding needed for the prevention of such famine to break out. This raises the question whether malnourished and dying children must appear on our TV screens before proper action is taken to combat the current and future malnourishment rates and food insecurity crisis.

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Helicopter crash hostile act against the UN - Lanzer

8 August 2014 - The United Nations was treating the recent helicopter crash near the Unity State capital Bentiu, which left three Russian crew members dead, as the result of a hostile attack, the acting UNMISS Chief said in Juba today.

“Helicopters fly. They don’t fall out of the sky,” said Toby Lanzer at a media briefing. “For investigative purposes, we are treating this as a hostile act against the United Nations.”

The sole survivor from the crash and the remains of the three crew members had arrived in Juba and a memorial service would be held soon, he said.

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South Sudan + 1 other
Half a population at risk of famine

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Malteser

Malteser International distributes food, seeds to displaced population

Cologne/Juba. In South Sudan’s Western Equatoria, Malteser International is distributing staple foods such as corn, rice, beans, and cooking oil to 7,500 people at risk of starvation after being displaced by the country’s civil war. In addition, the agency is distributing corn and peanut seeds as well as farming tools for the next planting season.

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Spreading News by Boda Boda: An Innovative Approach to Meeting the Needs of Internally Displaced Persons in Juba, South Sudan

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Enough Project

For the 14,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living at Tong Ping Protection of Civilians (POC) site in Juba, news and life-saving information circulates not by television or internet, but by boda boda. Broadcast from speakers attached to the backs of motorcycles, Boda Boda Talk Talk responds to IDP needs and addresses challenges in Tong Ping in an innovative, culturally-relevant manner. The Internews program delivers vital information on food, medical assistance, services for women, education opportunities, and family reunification.

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UNOPS - Emergency Response Unit Weekly Status Report (18/08/2014—25/08/2014)

Overview of Weekly Activities

Unity State

Pariang—Jamjang Road:

• The contractor has mobilized a grader, ex-cavator and front end loader to project site

• Murram extraction and processing on road started in the week.

Lakes State

Mingkaman IDP settlement sites:

• The heavy down pour of rain hampered the drainage excavation work, production/ casting of concrete culverts, and installation of culvert crossings.

• Excavation of open side drains along the road to the helipad started in the week.

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Western Equatoria State forms Ebola task force

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Miraya FM

The Western Equatoria State government has formed an Ebola task force in response to an outbreak of the deadly disease reported in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

The team will carry out surveillance along the common border and set up an isolation unit at Yambio hospital for suspected cases.

The Acting State Minister for Health, Pia Phillip says the taskforce is comprised of experts from different organizations.