The Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim in South Sudan, Arafat Jamal, recently met with flood-affected people in Jonglei and Unity states. He warns of a climate emergency and calls for further investment in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation to avoid a repeat of flooding year after year.
“Vast areas of the country are now under water. More than 780,000 people have been affected since May, with at least 77 per cent of those affected being in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states. Entire communities were forced to move to higher ground to escape the floodwaters. Flood-displaced people, many of whom are highly vulnerable, uprooted earlier by sub-national violence and the 2020 floods, are again now displaced,” said Mr. Jamal.
Humanitarian organizations are responding to the immediate needs of flood-affected people with emergency response relief and community-based support. The Government of South Sudan and the humanitarian community are working tirelessly to meet the increasing needs by providing food assistance, temporary shelter, water purification tablets, medicine, fishing kits and other vital supplies.