South Sudan: Floods - Jun 2019Ongoing
Considerable flooding from 5th - 7th June 2019 triggered population movement and displacement in three (3) counties. The raging floods resulted to substantial destruction of houses, road networks and destroyed the livelihoods of 10,892 households according to the results of the Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) conducted by South Sudan Red Cross (SSRC) in collaboration with the State department for Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC). As an in-depth needs’ assessment is being carried out to determine the level of the damages, according to the state Ministry of Agriculture, an estimated 100 fedans of crops have been destroyed with further hundreds of heads of cattle reportedly dead. (IFRC, 22 Jun 2019)
An estimated 46,000 people were displaced in Maiwut (33,000) and Tonj South (13,000). During August, seasonal floods have affected more than 364,600 people in different locations including more than 31,600 people in Akobo, Pibor and Uror counties in Jonglei, about 29,000 people in Aweil Centre County in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, about 4,000 people in Mayendit County in Unity and some 300,000 people in Gogrial West, Gogrial East and Tonj North counties in Warrap. The heavy rains have destroyed shelters, crops, water sources, public infrastructure like schools and health facilities, increased the risk of water-borne diseases among communities, and rendered many roads impassable, constraining access to affected areas. (OCHA, 27 Sep 2019)
Floods caused by torrential rains have worsened the living conditions of South Sudanese people in many parts of the country in the past few months. Some of the areas affected include Lafon, Torit and Kapoeta South counties in Eastern Equatoria; Ayod, Akobo, Bor South, Duk, Twic East, Pibor, Pochalla and Uror counties in Jonglei; Aweil Center and Aweil North in Northern Bahr el Ghazal; Abiemnhom, Mayom, Mayendit and Panyijiar in Unity; Maban in Upper Nile; and Gogrial East, Gogrial West and Tonj North in Warrap. (OCHA, 11 Oct 2019)
Unprecedented heavy flooding in South Sudan’s Maban County has affected nearly 200,000 people, including refugees and host population. (UNHCR, 18 Oct 2019)
Several days of torrential rains have left wide swaths of Greater Jonglei devastated and its inhabitants both flabbergasted and displaced. With more precipitation on the forecasted horizon, there are fears that the situation may deteriorate further. Nearly one million people in South Sudan have been affected, while the UN Children’s Fund, Unicef, say that some 490,000 of the victims are children (UNMISS, 29 Oct 2019.)
Appeals & Response Plans
Most read reports
- Save the Children: South Sudan: More than 200,000 children forced to flee their homes following flooding. 15 Nov 2019
- UNMISS: Statement of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. David Shearer, Briefing to the African Union Peace and Security Council on the situation in South Sudan, 14 November 2019. 14 Nov 2019
- Oxfam: More than 52 million people across Africa going hungry as weather extremes hit the continent [EN/AR]. 7 Nov 2019
- ECHO: Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Sudan and South Sudan (ECHO/WWD/BUD/2019/01000) Version 3 – 04/10/2019. 15 Nov 2019
- OCHA: South Sudan: Humanitarian Snapshot (October 2019). 14 Nov 2019
Unusually heavy seasonal flooding is affecting large areas of South Sudan, with estimates that between 600,000 and 800,000 people have been affected, according to authorities. As of late October, Ayod, Maban, Mayom, Nyirol, Pibor and Uror in Greater Upper Nile were among the counties most heavily affected by the floods.
- Heavy rain affected Maban County (northern South Sudan) in the past two weeks, causing widespread flooding.
- According to UNHCR, as of 18 October, 200,000 people have been affected, including refugees and host populations. Public services, including hospitals and sanitation facilities, have been severely impacted. Around 500,000 people are reported to be affected by floods throughout the country.
- UNHCR, in coordination with its partners and the local authorities are providing emergency shelter kits and material assistance for some 25,000 people affected.
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JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN, 18th October 2019 – Unprecedented heavy flooding in South Sudan’s Maban County has affected nearly 200,000 people, including refugees and host population.
Situated in the Upper Nile State, the affected area is home to more than 150,000 refugees from Sudan.
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October 10, 2019 (TORIT) – A week of heavy rain has destroyed over 2,000 households in Torit state town, a local official said on Thursday.
The commissioner for Torit county, Fermo Peter Isarra said the situation has left many of the people with nowhere to go stranded.
He urged humanitarian partners to assist the population in his county.
Separately, the state administrator for Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, Emmanuel Okullo Eliseo said heavy rains also destroyed at least 50 households and killed eight goats in Torit West County.
LUK RIEK NYAK Heavy downpours brought on by the rainy season have blocked access to roads leading to the greater Mayom area, hindering the delivery of humanitarian assistance to cantonment sites located there.
“The roads are in dire conditions because of the rain,” Mayom town council executive director, James Mathak, told a reporter from Radio Mairaya. “I am calling on all humanitarian partners to deliver as much assistance as possible.”
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
Persisting heavy rainfall triggers flooding across parts of West and East Africa
A poor start to the rainfall season across Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Mauritania has caused significant dryness.
Persisting heavy rainfall following abnormally wet conditions in July has caused flash flooding in Sierra Leone.
Flood risk persists in parts of West Africa and Sudan while Ethiopia remains abnormally dry
A poor start to the rainfall season across Senegal and Gambia has led to significant dryness.
Continued heavy rainfall has caused flooding in Dakar. Heavy rainfall is likely to continue maintaining the risk for flooding in the region.
26,561 mt of food and nutrition assistance distributed*
US$ 2.74 m in cash-based transfers made*
US$ 481.5 m six months (August ‘19 – January ‘20) net funding requirements
2.7 m people assisted*
*in June 2019
Risk of severe flooding continues in parts of Sierra Leone, Mali, and Sudan
A poor start to therainfall season acrossSenegal and Gambia has ledto significant dryness.
Heavy rains during the past weeks has led to flashflooding in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Continued rain thisweek will keep flood threats high.
• June-September rainfall performance remained average to above-average from early July to early August in unimodal areas. This has sustained largely favorable cropping conditions across northern and western agricultural zones of East Africa.
28,233 mt of food and nutrition assistance distributed*
US$ 3.29 m in cash-based transfers made*
US$ 189.3 m six months (June - November 2019) net funding requirements
3.2 m people assisted* *in May 2019
Erratic rain in South Kordofan. Heavy rain, flooding in Blue Nile.
Food stocks depleted and communities reliant on jibraka harvest & markets.
FOOD SECURITY AND AGRICULTURE
Uncertain food security outlook
At the peak of the lean season in the SPLM-N controlled areas of south Kordofan and Blue Nile the food supply for communities is stressed.
Flooding continues in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Sudan while Senegal, Ethiopia, and Cote d’Ivoire remain dry
A poor start to the rainfall season across Senegal and the Gambia has resulted in abnormal dryness.
Heavy rainfall last week, following a wet weather pattern in July, caused flash flooding in Sierra Leone. Continued heavy rainfall will maintain a high flood risk.
Fewer rainy days in southern Cote d’Ivoire has resulted in abnormal dryness. More seasonal rainfall is forecast next week.
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FEWS NET projects Crisis and Emergency levels of acute food insecurity will persist through January