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By Godfrey Olukya    26-8-2013

Over 17,000 people in South Sudan, mostly women and children have been displaced by floods in Upper Nile State.

An assessment team including representatives from South Sudan Relief Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC), United Nations Mission in  South Sudan (UNMISS) and other UN agencies, World Food Programme (WFP), World Health Organization, (WHO), World Vision and Solidarity International is already in the affected place.

The worst affected area is Maiwut in Upper Nile State, where according to the commissioner of Maiwut county, Gatdet Bol Bagouang  over 1,000 households have been affected across the 13 villages in the County.

Bagouang said, ” Over 1000 households have been displaced by the floods  in Maiwut. Most of the displaced people are currently being accommodated temporarily in local churches, schools and public centers.”

He said that they are helping those who are fleeing the county by asking communities to cooperate and  to offer help and allow those who are displaced to  live with them. He also said that  the health situation is deteriorating with a rising threat from Malaria and
waterborne diseases.

WHO has reportedly provided anti Malaria and diarrhea kits to the displaced people. It has also given out chlorine for water treatment.

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