South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 51 (as of 28 August 2014)
● 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.
● Due to the rainy season, malaria is on the rise and represented over 26 per cent of deaths recorded in health centres and displacement sites between 18 and 24 August.
3.8 million People to be assisted by the end of the year
2.7 million People reached with humanitarian assistance*
1.3 million People internally displaced by violence
449,000 People have fled to neighboring countries
About one in seven people in South Sudan have been displaced since December 2013. Close to 1.3 million people were displaced within South Sudan and nearly 450,000 people had crossed into neighbouring Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.
The security situation remained tense in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states. Following last week’s clashes in Bentiu, the town has been largely calm as the frontline moved further west. On 26 August, a UN-contracted helicopte crashed about 10 kilometres south-west of Bentiu. An investigation into the incident was going at the time of reporting, and humanitarian flights to the area temporarily suspended. Clashes were reported in Jonglei’s Ayod County.
With ongoing rains, humanitarian needs continued to deteriorate. In the Bentiu Protection of Civilians site in Unity State, aid agencies again warned about the critical water and sanitation situation.
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