South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 49 (as of 14 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Operations were scaled up to respond to emergency levels of malnutrition in Longochuk, Upper Nile State.

  • The South Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) will allocate up to US$500,000 from its emergency reserve to mitigate flood effects in Bentiu Protection of Civilians sites in Unity State.

  • Estimates from partners indicate some 1.29 million people have been internally displaced by the conflict. The increase was due to improved reporting from remote areas.

3.8 million People to be assisted by the end of the year
2.4 million People reached with humanitarian assistance***
**1.3 million People internally displaced by violence

442,600 People have fled to neighboring countries

Situation overview

Heavy fighting was reported around Nasir, Upper Nile State. The town was reportedly deserted. In Jonglei, the security situation was stable, but unpredictable. In Maban, Upper Nile State a fragile calm remained. Some civilians who fled Bunj last week during the fighting have returned, and flights to Maban have resumed. Meanwhile, cattle raiding and related revenge attacks were reported in parts of Lakes State.

The situation in Bentiu is still dire, with extremely poor living conditions for those seeking shelter in the protection of civilians (PoC) sites within the UN peacekeeping base.

While new arrivals are being registered, there are reports that the recent flooding and resulting deterioration in conditions has caused some people to leave the Bentiu PoC. There are as yet no new official registration figures. These departures raise protection issues, as people may attempt perilous journeys on foot to Sudan or elsewhere.

The UN Security Council visited South Sudan on 12 August. They were briefed by the UN peacekeeping mission and political leadership as well as humanitarians, and toured the UNMISS PoC site in Malakal, where they met with displaced people. Estimates from partners indicate some 1.3 million people have been internally displaced by the conflict since December. The change indicates an improvement in reporting mechanisms rather than an increase in people displaced.

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