South Sudan: Humanitarian Snapshot (June 2017)

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 07 Jul 2017

Food insecurity reached unprecedented levels in South Sudan in June, with an estimated 6 million people (50 per cent of the population) projected to be severely food insecure, including 1.7 million on the brink of famine. Although the mobilization of a large-scale multi-sectoral humanitarian response was able to halt the localized famine declared in Leer and Mayendit in Unity in February, 45,000 people were estimated to be facing Catastrophic (IPC Level 5) food insecurity. June saw an overall reduction in armed clashes compared to May. However, the refugee outflow continued, with more than 3,400 people seeking refuge in Sudan between 1 and 15 June following fighting between armed actors, including in Manyo and Renk counties in Upper Nile. Refugees also continued to arrive into Uganda, although at a lower rate than May.

Humanitarian partners estimated that 20,000 people remained displaced in and around Terekeka in Central Equatoria, and to the north in Bor South in Jonglei, as a result of clashes in May. Meanwhile, inter-communal fighting in Lakes caused internal displacement in Cueibet County, and there were unverified reports of arrivals of IDPs from Lakes into southern Unity. Clashes in Gunyoro/Iholong outside of Torit also reportedly resulted in displacement. June marked one year since the cholera outbreak was declared on 18 June 2016, with new cases continuing to be reported: 17,242 cholera cases, including at least 320 deaths (Case Fatality Rate (CFR) 1.8 per cent), had been reported in 24 coun- ties by end June 2017.

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