South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 38 (as of 30 May 2014)

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 30 May 2014


  • Suspected cases of cholera in Juba more than doubled, increasing from 395 cases on 22 May to 892 on 28 May, including 27 deaths.

  • The estimated number of people sheltering in UN bases spiked to over 95,000 after a verification process in Bentiu, Unity State.

  • Living conditions in displacement sites continued to deteriorate due to flooding caused by heavy rains, especially in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.

  • Food shortages persisted in Maban, forcing thousands of Sudanese refugees to return to Sudan's war-torn Blue Nile State.

4 million
People in need of assistance

1.4 million
People reached with humanitarian assistance*

People internally displaced by violence

People who have fled to neighbouring countries

  • This includes people internally displaced, refugees from other countries sheltering in South Sudan and other vulnerable communities who have received assistance since January 2014. This does not mean that the needs of these people have been comprehensively met.

Situation overview

The situation in Unity State was stable but unpredictable with heavy military presence reported in Bentiu and Rubkona. Both towns remained deserted. An aid agency compound in Bentiu remained occupied by armed elements. Cattle-raiding was reported in Wangkai, Mayom County.

In Upper Nile, the situation remained tense, with unconfirmed reports of sporadic shooting on the southern bank of the Sobat River. Partners are verifying reports of people returning from the northern counties of Lul and Wau Shiluk to Malakal. Despite reports of sporadic shooting in Akobo, Jonglei State, a humanitarian flight was able to bring emergency aid supplies into the town on 28 May.

Due to heavy rains, living conditions in some displacement sites have deteriorated, especially in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states. In Juba, suspected cases of cholera more than doubled in the space of a week, with 892 suspected cases recorded as of 28 May, with 27 related deaths. Of the cholera cases reported, 62 per cent are men and aged 20-34 years (41 per cent). The case fatality rate of 3 per cent is still above emergency threshold, indicating late presentation of people at health facilities. Community sensitization activities are being stepped up to address this.

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