South Sudan Flooding
The displacement situation in South Sudan has been worsened by the recent heavy rains, which has led to flooding in the low-lying areas along the many tributaries that drain into River Pibor. The flooding further exacerbates the already humanitarian situation of the inhabitants. Flooding has cut off roads and markets, disrupting trade and limiting access to food and non-food items. The only means of transportation is by boat and canoes. Livestock, which is the mainstay of people’s livelihoods, have died due to a shortage of pasture and animal diseases. The crop farms and household food supplies have been denuded by flooding, making Pibor one of the areas most blighted by hunger.
FEWSNET (August 2020) has categorized Pibor in the Phase 4 – “Emergency”. FEWSNET further warns that the scale and severity of acute food insecurity in South Sudan through January 2021 is expected to remain among the highest recorded since 2014. Urgent, sustained humanitarian food and other forms of assistance, beyond currently planned levels, is required to save lives and protect livelihoods in the ongoing lean season and post-harvest periods.
Violence continues to directly affect food security by disrupting main season cultivation, humanitarian food assistance delivery, market access, and trade flows. Of highest concern is Pibor County where over 60,000 people have been displaced to distant areas in the bush, the UN compound, or neighbouring Eastern Equatoria State. One of the most significant driving factors behind recent inter-group clashes is climate change-induced resource scarcity. Pastoralists are forced to travel further into neighbouring groups’ areas for water, prompting clashes.
Because of the impact of the unprecedented levels of inter-communal conflict, the macroeconomic crisis, recurrent flooding, and the COVID-19 pandemic and preventive measures, especially restriction in the movement of humanitarian personnel and supplies, The President of South Sudan declared a three-month State of Emergency in Jonglei State and the Greater Pibor Administrative Area, effective 12th August 2020.
JAM will support the most vulnerable communities in South Sudan by:
Provision of Emergency non-food items (NFIs):
Procurement and distribution of NFIs including Tarpaulins/plastic sheeting for erecting temporary shelter, long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets, blankets, dignity kit for adolescent girls, water containers, household water purification tablets.
Emergency agricultural and fishing inputs to support early recovery – vegetable seeds, digging implements and fishing kits.
Expanding outreach for nutrition services and rehabilitation of existing nutrition service centres including Outpatient Therapeutic Feeding programs (OTPs) and Targeted Supplementary Feeding programs (TFSPs) centres.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion:
Improve WASH awareness in a manner that integrates COVID-19 risk communication and prevention measures and rehabilitation of water supply facilities.
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