Water and Hardship Rising in South Sudan

Unprecedented flooding has displaced or affected nearly 1 million people in South Sudan, Deutsche Welle reports.   

No hospital, surgeon, no cold chain. That’s the reality in the worst-affected areas, MSF reports.
 
In Pibor, there are no latrines—just 1 working borehole for some 50,000 people. “That means waterborne diseases are a major health concern – and cholera is the biggest fear,” says MSF’s Benedetta Capelli. MSF also fears upticks in measles, respiratory tract infections, malaria, and snakebite.
 
The rainy season should be over, yet the country—where 60% already struggle with malnutrition—likely faces several more weeks of heavy rains, according to Deutsche Welle.
 
“The cruel fact is that thousands of people in the areas hardest hit by the floods were already going hungry,”—and what little they do have could be washed away, says Sajit Menon, Oxfam’s South Sudan humanitarian manager.

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