Severe flooding in South Sudan is affecting the lives of approximately 800,000 people, leaving them without sufficient food, water and shelter.
“Many areas in South Sudan have been flooded since July as river levels continue to rise, exacerbating the crisis,” said Medecins Sans Frontieres, an international humanitarian medical nongovernmental organization.
In its efforts to provide health care in affected areas of Upper Nile, Jonglei, Greater Pibor and Unity states, MSF said the need for medical care in South Sudan “is growing due to a sharp rise in malaria cases and fears of other outbreaks. disease “.
“This year, floods come amid a host of emergencies, including COVID-19, increased violence and fighting, a growing economic crisis and high levels of food insecurity,” said Ibrahim Muhammad, MSF Chief of Mission in South Sudan.
“We are now preparing for an increase in the incidence of diseases in all flood-affected areas such as diarrheal diseases and malaria, given the high risks of displacement and overcrowding, poor hygiene conditions and lack of functioning toilets,” he added.
Floods also prevented residents from reaching health facilities, according to MSF.
“The local airstrip is flooded, making it difficult to get medicines or send patients to other medical facilities when needed.”