South Sudan: Floods - Aug 2013
Heavy rains starting in the beginning of August 2013 caused damage to houses, crops and basic infrastructure in several of Sudan's northern states. As of 15 Oct, more than 150,000 people were accessed and assessed to be in need of assistance in Jonglei, Lakes, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Unity, Upper Nile, Warrap, Western Bahr el Ghazal and Western Equatoria. (OCHA, 16 Oct 2013)
On 4 Dec, the rainy season drew to and end and over 344,000 people were in need of assistance.(OCHA, 4 Dec 2013) As of 8 Dec 2013, about 3,500 families displaced by flooding and hostilities in Jonglei’s Pochalla County were in need of water and sanitation assistance. (OCHA, 8 Dec 2013)
Twic East County is located in Jonglei State, which is the largest state in South Sudan. The county is composed of five Payams namely: Pakeer, Ajuong, Nyuak, Lith and Kongor with an estimated population of 111,935 people1 (before the outbreak of violence that led to population displacement).
La République Centrafricaine, la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), le Soudan et le Soudan du Sud regroupent entre eux quatre des crises de déplacement interne les plus importantes, non seulement en Afrique, mais dans le monde. Une situation d’extrême pauvreté et des frontières relativement perméables sont des caractéristiques communes à chacun de ces pays que de nombreux autres aspects lient inextricablement les uns aux autres.
The Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Sudan and Sudan hosted together 7.15 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) as of July 2014 - 55 per cent of IDPs in sub-saharan Africa .
Violence has spread quickly throughout South Sudan since the outbreak of civil war on 15 December 2013, when tensions flared within the army in events the government has called an attempted coup. Other armed groups have joined the conflict, as what began as a struggle between two leaders has become a vehicle for people to express complex political, social and economic grievances.
Dominique Burgeon, Director of FAO's Emergency and Rehabilitation Division, describes his recent visit to South Sudan: "On 20 March, as part of the Emergency Directors’ Group, I had the opportunity to visit Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nyal, Payinjiar County of Unity State – a state that has been badly affected by the recent fighting in South Sudan.
5 March 2014 - To enhance food security at a local training institute in the Western Bahr El-Ghazal capital Wau, UNMISS Chinese engineers recently started leveling its farmland.
The “Sustainable Agriculture Project” at the Catholic Health Training Institute’s is aimed at improving food supply for students, teachers and local communities.
The farmland was uneven and close to a river, resulting in flooding during the rainy season and poor production of food. Last week, the UNMISS peacekeepers started to level the 25-acre farm.
The South Sudan crisis was declared a Level 3 (L3) Humanitarian System-Wide Emergency Response on 11 February, signifying the scale of the crisis and the multi-sector response required to meet needs. Heavy fighting was reported in Upper Nile State’s Malakal town during the week, despite a cessation of hostilities signed on 23 January.
This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.
JUBA — A county commissioner in South Sudan's Jonglei state has called for urgent help from international aid agencies after he received reports that villagers are dying of starvation in parts of the county.
“The hunger is very severe. People are dying because of the hunger. They have nothing to eat. Even in the shops and the markets, there is nothing that you can buy,” Twic East County Commissioner Dau Akoi Jurkuch said.
Officials in the county are still working to establish the exact number of fatalities from hunger, Jurkuch said.
Central African Republic: While the capital Bangui remains relatively calm, the security situation in the northwest of the country remains highly volatile with several clashes reported between ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka factions. An estimated 902,000 people are now internally displaced as a result of the ongoing violence - half of them in the capital, and over 246,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries. Meanwhile, the European Union has approved the six-month deployment of a joint contingent of up to 1,000 soldiers to support French and African Union forces.
South Sudan: Ethnic violence which erupted in mid-December continues, with heavy fighting reported in the states of Jonglei and Unity, and sporadic clashes reported in Upper Nile and Central Equatoria. While numbers cannot be verified due to limited access, thousands of people have been killed or injured and reports indicate that civilians are being targeted in attacks, forcing an estimated 400,000 to flee, mostly internally.
South Sudan: Ethnic violence which erupted in mid-December in the capital Juba has now spread northwards and is ongoing in several parts of the country. Three weeks of fighting have left at least 1,000 people dead and displaced over 200,000. As government troops advanced on rebel-held cities in the northeast, peace talks between the Government of South Sudan and a delegation representing former Vice-President Machar, have started in Ethiopia. Meanwhile, discussions between Khartoum and Juba regarding the protection of the oil fields in southern South Sudan are also underway.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2014
December 15, 2013 (JUBA) - At least 75,000 flood victims in South Sudan are urgently in need of humanitarian assistance, an official said.
“As of today, only 270 people are being assisted and many people are still not yet reached”, said Clement Taban Dominic, undersecretary in the gender and humanitarian affairs ministry.
The ministry was, however, boosted when the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) donated to it $180,000 worth of items.
The donation, Taban said, would help government reach out to about 400 people, many of whom lost hope.
In Syria, government military aircraft targeted rebel-held districts in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 15 people according to opposition activists. In parallel, Damascus announced that it had retaken control of the key Damascus – Homs supply highway after gaining ground in the battle for the strategic Qalamoun region. London and Washington decided to suspend all non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition fearing that military equipment may fall under the control of Islamic radical groups.
(Dec. 13, 2013) - A steamer carrying a consignment of 20,000 bags of sorghum donated by Sudan to flood victims in South Sudan arrived at Renk Port in Upper Nile state on Friday.
The Director of River Transport in Renk, Daniel Michael Reath, said the steamer had a smooth journey and will arrive at its final destination in Malakal on Saturday.
December 13, 2013 (BOR) - Twic East county in South Sudan's Jonglei state is faced with heavy floods for the second time this year. Kongoor payam [district] is one of the worst affected, while the floods are just metres from the headquarters of Panyagoor county on Friday evening.
Dau Akoi, the commissioner of Twic East county told Sudan Tribune that the returning floods were a big problem, adding that the Pawel area "is already taken over by flood and [it] is almost reaching us in Panyagoor."
• About 3,500 families displaced by flooding and hostilities in Jonglei’s Pochalla County were assessed to be in need of water and sanitation assistance.
• Partners launched the third round of food aid distribution in Jonglei’s Gumuruk on 6 December targeting approximately 28,600 people.
• Partners in South Sudan are seeking US$10 million to provide emergency return assistance to around 19,000 vulnerable and stranded South Sudanese schedule to travel to South Sudan later this month.