South Sudan: Humanitarian Snapshot (August 2017)
In August, the number of South Sudanese seeking refuge in neighboring countries reached the 2 million mark, the highest number of refugees since South Sudan gained independence in 2011. Of those, 1 million are in Uganda. In August, thousands fled fighting in Yei, Kajo-keji, Kapoeta North, Mundri West, Morobo and Maridi counties. More people also fled to Ethiopia and Sudan following clashes in Aburoc and Pagak in Upper Nile during the month. In Western Equatoria, a joint assessment found a deepening food crisis exacerbated by increasing insecurity, poor rainfall and widespread crop failure in Mvolo County. Following an initial rapid needs assessment in Kokori, Bogori and Yeri village, partners delivered more than 21 metric tons of food items to Mvolo Centre in mid-August. Health partners reported that South Sudan’s cholera outbreak, known for being the longest and deadliest in the nation’s history, was declining. The decline was attributable to the multisectoral response that entailed the complementary use of oral cholera vaccines alongside traditional interventions for cholera control in transmission hotspots. In August, flooding was also reported in Mangala, Central Equatoria, and in Aweil East, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, displacing 7,000 and 9,000 people respectively. During the month, the number of people living in Protection of Civilians (PoC) site population dropped by over 5,000, due to departures from Malakal PoC.
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