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Over 900,000 people affected by floods in South Sudan

Over 900,000 people affected by floods in South Sudan
Thatched huts surrounded by floodwaters are seen from the air in Old Fangak county,   -  
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South Sudan

Floods in South Sudan have affected nearly 909,000 people, more than double the number who were affected in September, according to an estimate released by the United Nations on Tuesday.

The world's youngest country, plagued by politico-ethnic violence and chronic instability since its independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan is experiencing floods for the fourth consecutive year, and they are now affecting nine of its 10 states, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a situation note.

According to available information, "these floods have killed livestock and destroyed crops, washed away roads and bridges, destroyed homes, schools and health facilities, and submerged boreholes and latrines, contaminating springs and posing risks of waterborne diseases," OCHA wrote.

In Unity State (north), one of the most affected areas, rising waters caused dykes to breach in two locations on Sunday, threatening two camps for displaced people and a UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base with flooding, OCHA said.

In Bahr el-Ghazal (western state), torrential rains caused the collapse of a key bridge, cutting off the delivery of emergency aid to already hard-pressed populations, the note added.

In its previous situation note, OCHA estimated that some 386,000 people were affected by the floods in seven states of the country.

According to the World Bank, 80% of South Sudan's 11 million people were living in "extreme poverty" in 2018.

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