UNHCR Situation Update - Flooding in Maban, 24 October 2019

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 24 Oct 2019 View Original

Heavy flooding in Maban is hampering aid delivery to more than 150,000 refugees and over 70,000 members of the host community. This intensity was last witnessed in 1984.

The only road that leads to Maban (Bunj – Melut) has been cut off since August and there is a looming shortage of food for refugees, host communities and aid workers.

Maban is on the verge of a health hazard and service delivery to UNHCR’s persons of concern will continue to be disrupted with increased criminality

KEY INDICATORS

83%* Percentage of households in refugee and host community affected by floods that started on Sunday, 13 October 2019

ESTIMATE NUMBER OF AFFECTED REFUGEE POPULATION & HOST COMMUNITY
200,000

OVERVIEW

  • In South Sudan, floods are a chronic and acute problem during rainy season.
    Historically, flooding in Maban happens every year at different intensities, often submerging villages and destroying shelters, WASH facilities, education activities, roads and airstrips. The floods in Maban are caused mainly by heavy rains from the neighbouring Ethiopian highlands. On average, two days after it rains in Ethiopian highlands, the floods into Maban.

  • This year, from July to October, Maban has experienced flooding at a severity not witnessed since 1984. Families from both refugee and host communities have been displaced, roads are impassable, crops are destroyed, and humanitarian operations have been interrupted. Seeing as the rainy season runs to November, more flooding is expected.

  • The only available airstrip was submerged and damaged last week. Work has been done by Action Africa Help International (AAHI) to rehabilitate 1,600 metres of the runway. The airstrip has been receiving flights as of Monday 21 October 2019.

  • The only road leading to Maban (Bunj-Melut) has been impassable since August and there is a looming shortage of food for refugees, host and aid workers.

  • Maban is on the verge of a health emergency. Service delivery to UNHCR’s persons of concern will continue to be disrupted with increased criminality.