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.)
Response activities have been scaled-up across the affected locations where floods devastated the lives and livelihoods of some 908,000 people. As of 29 November, about 7,000 metric tons of food commodities have been distributed, reaching some 704,000 people with emergency food assistance. (OCHA, 4 Dec 2019.)
Floods that hit Torit and Lofan in Eastern Equatoria in early November destroyed 440 houses and affected 10,000 households. Humanitarian organizations continued assessing immediate needs in the flood-affected locations across South Sudan. In areas where flood waters remained high, particularly Maban County in Upper Nile and Pibor, Twic East and Duk counties in Jonglei, people faced challenges in accessing basic services. Most of the schools in Pibor and surrounding areas were either submerged or hosting displaced people. An estimated 74,000 hectares of cultivated land has been damaged by flooding in 2019, with a loss of some 72,600 metric tons of cereals.(OCHA, 18 Dec 2019.)
Response activities have been further scaled-up across the affected locations where floods devastated the lives and livelihoods of some 908,000 people. By the end of 2019, humanitarians had reached more than 789,000 people with over 10,300 metric tons of emergency food supplies and US$2.9 million in cash assistance. (OCHA, 13 Jan 2020)
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Most read reports
- ECHO: ECHO Factsheet – South Sudan (Last updated 27/01/2020). 28 Jan 2020
- IOM: South Sudan: Shelter Cluster Factsheet, Q4 - 2019. 29 Jan 2020
- IOM: IOM South Sudan External Update - December 2019. 28 Jan 2020
- OCHA: Eastern Africa Region: Regional Floods and Locust Outbreak Snapshot January 2020. 20 Jan 2020
- WFP: WFP South Sudan Situation Report #262, 27 January 2020. 27 Jan 2020
(Juba, 25 October 2019): Abnormally heavy seasonal flooding has been devastating large areas of South Sudan since July, with an estimated 908,000 people affected. This includes internally displaced people, refugees and their host communities. The rains are likely to continue for another four to six weeks and put more people at risk.
Heavy flooding in Maban is hampering aid delivery to more than 150,000 refugees and over 70,000 members of the host community. This intensity was last witnessed in 1984.
The only road that leads to Maban (Bunj – Melut) has been cut off since August and there is a looming shortage of food for refugees, host communities and aid workers.
Maban is on the verge of a health hazard and service delivery to UNHCR’s persons of concern will continue to be disrupted with increased criminality
The bridge linking Joppa to major markets, health centers and schools in the South Sudanese capital Juba is a lifeline for the local community.
But damage caused by heavy flooding during the rainy season had left residents stranded, making it difficult for them to get to work and school or to buy goods and services.
It has now been repaired as part of the Quick Impact Project program operated by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
At the official handover, Joppa residents expressed their delight.
Considerable flooding continues across East and West Africa
Heavy rainfall was reported in northern Ghana and bordering areas of Burkina Faso.
The Logone River in northern Cameroon has flooded and continued rain expected next week is likely to maintain high water levels.
Northern South Sudan has reported flooding from high river levels accumulating from parts of Sudan and Ethiopia.
POPULATIONS OF CONCERN
299,162 Number of refugees in South Sudan. 92% came from Sudan, 5% from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2% from Ethiopia, and 1% from the Central African Republic.
1.46 million Number of internally displaced persons in South Sudan, 12% of which are staying inside six UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites.
213,376 Number of South Sudanese refugees who have returned to South Sudan in a self-organized manner (November 2017 – 30 September 2019) of 2.3 million displaced.
Heavy rain and severe flooding in Maban, South Sudan, last week have caused severe damage to camps for refugees and internally displaced persons, where JRS serves. The floods have destroyed housing, roads, and schools and have left many people in search of dry ground.
Heavy rain has affected countries in central Africa - particularly northern Cameroon, southern Chad, northern South Sudan, Uganda, and southeastern Niger - in the past two weeks, causing flooding.
Media report approximately 100,000 people affected across the transborder region of Southwestern Chad and Northeastern Cameroon, following the overflow of the Logone River and Lake Maga. Houses have been destroyed, roads flooded and bridges damaged.
Thousands of people have been left stranded in parts of east and northeast South Sudan in the wake of severe flooding.
Our teams have been forced to reduce medical activities and discharge people from hospital, leaving people cut off from medical care, after the hospital flooded.
MSF urges organisations and authorities to act swiftly to respond to the crisis, particularly in Pibor, eastern South Sudan.
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.”
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