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South Sudan: UN CERF allocates $10 million for flood response

15 Oct 2020

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Joint OCHA and UNHCR field visit to meet with partners, flood-affected people and local authorities in Juba County, South Sudan, 14 October 2020. An estimated 16,000 internally displaced people are now sheltering in the county after being displaced from floods in Jonglei. Credit: OCHA/Anthony Burke

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund has allocated US$10 million to help provide life-saving assistance to 360,000 of the most vulnerable flood-affected people in South Sudan.

The allocation complements the $10 million released earlier by the Humanitarian Coordinator through the South Sudan Humanitarian Fund to kick-start the flood response.

Some 800,000 people in South Sudan have been affected by flooding since July, and 37 of the country’s 78 counties are impacted.

“I welcome the much-needed funding from the CERF. It will help provide immediate relief to the most vulnerable people and scale up the humanitarian response in the most affected counties along the White Nile,” said Alain Noudéhou, the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan.

While most of the people affected by flooding have been reached with food assistance, and more than 100,000 people have received health support, emergency shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene and protection services, response gaps remain high.

Many areas are still under water, and tens of thousands of people remain displaced and unable to return to their homes and lands.

An additional $46 million is required to respond to immediate needs due to the floods through the end of 2020, out of an overall requirement of $82 million.

Investment is also needed in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation to avoid a repeat of the same crisis year after year.