Aid reaches 100,000 of 156,000 flood-affected people in South Sudan

Statement by Chris Nikoi, Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. in South Sudan

Juba, 26 October 2013: “At this difficult time when people across many parts of South Sudan are struggling to cope with flooding, I want to express my appreciation to the humanitarian community and government for the response efforts so far. Partners have reached nearly 100,000 of the 156,000 people identified, so far as affected by flooding since August.

The response will continue as new areas are accessed with partners overcoming massive challenges. Food, household materials, water and sanitation and medical assistance are being transported by any available means. 60 per cent of roads across the country have become impassible, with many flooded areas only accessible by air which makes humanitarian response expensive.

Humanitarians appreciate the government’s leadership and proactive efforts in responding to the needs of flood-affected people across the country, including the establishment of a flood response fund and task force at national level. This commitment will help complement efforts to ease the suffering of flood-affected people.”

For more information, contact:
Tapiwa Gomo, Head of Communication, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in South Sudan (gomo@un.org / +211 922406079)
Amanda Weyler, Reports Officer, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in South Sudan (weylera@un.org / +211 922473115)

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