On 17 February, fighting between rival ethnic groups was reported within the Malakal Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Upper Nile sheltering over 47 000 persons from four different ethnic groups living in already very difficult conditions. At least 16 people were killed (among them two MSF South Sudanese staff) and 91 wounded. Thousands of IDPs, mainly children and women, are seeking refuge into the UNMISS compound.
ECHO’S health partners MSF, IOM and IMC remain operational and are providing health services. Referrals of severe cases in need of surgery have been coordinated with ICRC. Due to the destruction of health facilities, health partners are setting up temporary facilities to continue the provision of health care.
The WASH cluster has installed temporary water points for the people inside the UNMISS base and plans for additional response are also underway, including distribution of high energy biscuits. IOM is sending a technical team today, along with 6.5 t of WASH and health supplies to re-establish and set up a multi-sectorial assistance.