EU contributes €2 million to South Sudan in emergency humanitarian funding for victims of floods
The European Commission has allocated emergency humanitarian funding of €2 million for those affected by recent unprecedented floods in South Sudan. To date, an estimated 40 people have died and over 750,000 people are affected. Many people had to flee their homes due to the floods in 31 of the 78 counties of the country, including most famine-affected areas. Projections indicate that over a million people may be affected by those floods by the end of the year.
The emergency humanitarian funding will be channelled through the EU's humanitarian partner, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and will be used to provide vulnerable populations with life-saving water and sanitation (WASH), shelter and other essential non-food items.
On 21 October, the UN called on the international community to urgently assist South Sudanese affected by floods. Heavy rains and flash floods have led to the loss of life and the destruction of livestock, farmlands and homes, forcing flood-affected people to move to higher grounds. To date, not all affected have yet received some form of humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of the flooding. Authorities in northern Unity State have warned about a looming environmental disaster in view of the oilfields that are underwater.
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