South Sudan

IOM South Sudan Situation Report 24, 20 May 2014

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • IDP registration figures updated for PoCs in Juba this week, with over 28,000 IDPs registered using an improved process including biometric technology

  • Cholera outbreak declared in Juba, with 138 cumulative cases reported since the onset of the outbreak

  • 101,374 households received NFI assistance as of 15 May

OVERVIEW

The security situation remains tense and unpredictable across South Sudan. In Unity State, fighting between government forces and the opposition was reported west of Bentiu town, including around the vicinity of the UN base, where over 25,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) are sheltering.

In Upper Nile State, sporadic events of violence continue to be reported in Renk, Nassir and Abukhadra. Heightened insecurity in Renk town has raised concerns over the safety of civilians in the area. IOM participated in an inter-agency assessment in Renk, to gauge the impact of the conflict on the civilian population. As of 9 May, 18,036 IDPs remain at the UNMISS Malakal protection of civilian (PoC) site, 950 at the UNMISS Melut PoC, and 45 (mostly women and children) at the UNMISS Renk PoC.

There are currently over 87,000 IDPs seeking protection in eight UN bases across South Sudan and 1,039,952 million people are internally displaced as a result of the crisis. According figures released by the UN, acute food insecurity threatens close to four million people across the country. Prolonged insecurity and mass displacement have resulted in millions being unable to farm their land, access their normal food sources or migrate with their livestock (OCHA).

On 15 May, the Ministry of Health declared a cholera outbreak in Juba (Central Equatoria State), following the confirmation of one death. To date (18 May), 138 suspected cases of cholera and 3 deaths in health facilities have been reported. A national emergency task force has been activated to coordinate cholera response.

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