By the end of November 2016, more than 3 million people had been forced out of their homes, including more than 1.85 million internally displaced and 1.3 million seeking refuge in countries neighbouring South Sudan.
During the month, the refugee outflow, with an average of 2,480 South Sudanese arriving in Uganda daily, the majority from the Greater Equatoria region. Other refugees fled to Ethiopia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At the same time, fighting continued to drive internal displacement. In Central Equatoria, thousands of people fled from locations such as Morobo, Lainya and Yei to Kajo-Keji, while in Western Equatoria, insecurity in Yambio caused the temporary displacement of some 750 people. In Unity, there were reports of civilians being targeted and displaced and of homes being looted and burnt in Leer, Mayendit and Rubkona. Many people fled north to Bentiu, with the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (PoC) site hosting more than 120,300 internally displaced persons (IDPs) by 30 November, compared to nearly 108,400 in the middle of the month. An estimated 15,000 people arrived into southern Mayendit seeking safety and assistance while more than 1,000 sought refuge near the UNMISS base in Leer town.
The operating environment deteriorated with 100 humanitarian access incidents reported in November. This was the highest number of incidents recorded in any one month since June 2015 (120), this continues the incremental trend of access incidents reported in the second half of 2016. The number of incidents in Central Equatoria substantially increased, with 40 reported in November compared to 25 in the previous month. This was due to violence against personnel or assets (26) and interference in humanitarian action (12); with most incidents reported in Juba County (35).
Funding levels for the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) continued to increase during the month, with US$1.06 billion (82 per cent of the appeal) received as of 30 November. Humanitarian partners continued to make progress against the targets set in the 2016 HRP, with some 4.9 million people reached with humanitarian assistance by the end of November 2016.
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