South Sudan: Humanitarian Snapshot (February 2017)
On 20 February, localized famine was declared in Leer and Mayendit counties, and food security experts estimated that some 5.5 million people would be severely food insecure by the height of the lean season in July. Over the course of the month, tens of thousands of people were displaced due to offensives in Upper Nile and Jonglei. In Upper Nile, an estimated 31,500 people were forced to flee continued advances by armed forces on the western bank of the River Nile. About 18,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) reportedly arrived in Kodok and over 13,500 in Aburoc, Fashoda County. In Jonglei, nearly 17,000 people were displaced by heavy clashes in Pulchuol, Pathai, Motot and Pieri in Uror County and Waat in Nyirol County. More than 9,800 IDPs reportedly arrived in Akobo County, while about 5,600 reportedly fled to Duk County, and 1,500 to Lankien in Nyirol County.
The exodus from Central and Eastern Equatoria to Uganda continued, with 66,000 people arriving during the month. Kajo-Keji town largely emptied, with only around 400 people remaining, while some 30,000 people remained in the IDP sites in Liwolo. Cholera continued to spread and was confirmed in Bor South and Yirol East in February.
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