AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - After severe floods: the situation continues to be catastrophic for many people

Wednesday, 20 January 2021 solidarity   charity   emigration  

Duk (Agenzia Fides) - After severe flooding in County Duk and other areas of Jonglei State, over 350,000 people have been left homeless since last July this year, including food shortages. The water level continues to rise and people in the flooded areas can only move on self-made rafts or canoes. "A few days ago, we received clothing, mosquito nets and plastic sheeting that we use as emergency shelters", said a note released by a local radio station and sent to Agenzia Fides. "We owe this help to donations from our fellow citizens in the diaspora". The floods destroyed all livelihoods. Elijah Manyok Deng, interim commissioner of Duk County, reported that 2,500 elderly people have benefited from the aid received so far and asked relief organizations in Jonglei for further humanitarian aid in view of the continued catastrophic situation. A recent report jointly published by the South Sudanese government and the United Nations fears that at least 7.24 million people in various areas of the country are expected to be at severe food insecurity in 2021 due to the consequences of floods, conflict and the Covid-19 pandemic. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 20/1/2021)