New York, US – The Acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Mr. Chris Nikoi, on Monday said humanitarian agencies and their partners have reached nearly 100,000 of the 156,000 people affected by flooding across South Sudan over the past couple of months.
“At this difficult time when people across many parts of South Sudan are struggling to cope with flooding, I want to express my appreciation to the humanitarian community and Government for the response efforts so far,” PANA in New York quoted Mr. Nikoi as saying.
He said the response would continue as new areas are accessed with partners overcoming massive challenges.
According to him: “Food, household materials, water and sanitation and medical assistance are being transported by any available means.”
He also noted that 60 per cent of roads have become impassable, with many flooded areas only accessible by air, making humanitarian response expensive.
The UN official said: “Humanitarians appreciate the government’s leadership and proactive efforts in responding to the needs of flood-affected people across the country, including the establishment of a flood response fund and task force at national level.
“This commitment will help complement efforts to ease the suffering of flood-affected people,” Mr. Nikoi added.
Media reports said that the government estimated that about 37,000 households were affected by the floods, with Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states reportedly worst hit.