Thursday, September 2, 2010

Floods in South Sudan displace almost 60.000

Floods in south Sudan have forced almost 60,000 people from their homes. Health officials said on Tuesday that the situation could worsen.
The waters began rising earlier this month due to torrential seasonal rains in the Bahr el-Ghazal state in the north. Much of the state capital Aweil is under water as well as the surrounding countryside.
In the last one month, 57,135 people have been displaced.
Southern health minister Luka Monoja warned that the rains, which last until October, could force out more people."A serious situation has developed in Aweil; more than three-quarters of the town is flooded and many houses are collapsed," said Monoja."The people are now living on the road, as it is the only area of the town that is raised."
Aid agencies have been working to support those displaced, the health ministry has sent medical supplies and the south’s humanitarian ministry is sending tents for emergency shelter as well as 15,000 bags of grain, Monoja added.

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