Bentiu IDP Camp Submerged

Residents of Bentiu wade through flooded streets. [Photo| Luk Riek Nyak]

The IDPs at the UNMISS protection site risk infection by water-borne diseases as sanitary facilities deteriorate.

The six blocks at the site are completely submerged, with hundreds of IDPs moved to higher ground.

A spot check by Gurtong revealed the appalling condition at the IDP camp despite efforts by humanitarianagencies operating in the area. Almost all the crops have been washed away in the rural villages in the state.

The agencies are providing food and non-food items to the IDPs, including clean water and medical services.

The efforts have, however, been hampered by the recurrent fighting between rebels and government forces, with Unity State bearing the biggest brunt of the clashes.

The United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) plans to relocate the IDPs at the UNMISS protection site to high areas.

According to aid agency MSF, over 1.7 million South Sudanese have so far been displaced from their homes, with more than 450,000 seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. 

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