UN allocates $13 million to help respond to massive flood in South Sudan

FIILE PHOTO A woman with a boy walk in a flooded area on May 31, 2017, in Panthau, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. The rain is a threat for many farmers in the area. An estimated 63 per cent of the population in Northern Bahr al Ghazal is experiencing severe food insecurity, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report. The situation is particularly bad in Aweil West and Aweil South counties, where the exhaustion of household food stocks and growing dependence on financially inaccessible markets have left the population facing Emergency levels of food insecurity. / AFP PHOTO / Albert Gonzalez Farran (Photo credit should read ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths on Tuesday allocated 13 million U.S. dollars from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for an urgent response to large-scale flooding in South Sudan.

Some 809,000 people have been affected by massive flooding in many parts of the country, compounded by an escalation of violence in areas such as Tambura.

Humanitarian agencies have scaled up their response to meet the affected people’s needs. This is the third year in a row that large parts of South Sudan have been flooded.

The CERF allocation contributes to the response to one of the worst and most prolonged floods. UN agencies and their partners will provide humanitarian assistance and protection to people impacted by the floods who have limited or no access to basic services and supplies.