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South Sudan: 2 million people affected by floods


JUBA, South Sudan — The South Sudanese government says at least 2 million people have been affected by heavy flooding since the start of this year, and many have left in search of dry ground.

The East African country of 12 million people is grappling with flooding as it continues to recover from five years of ongoing civil war and inter-communal violence.

“Eight of South Sudan’s 10 states are currently inundated and more than 2 million people are internally displaced and have lost their livelihoods,” Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said over the weekend. end.

The UN humanitarian agency noted that the worst affected states are Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Warrap, Unity and Western Equatoria, with flooding threatening some IDP camps.

Makuei warned that climate refugees could become a new normal.

At the same time, food insecurity in South Sudan now affects almost 65% of the population, according to the authorities.

ABC News

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