South Sudan – The head of the UN Mission in South Sudan has paid a visit to the areas in the country’s north that have been flooded. The weather in the country’s Unity state is expected to have impacted up to 850,000 people.
“We reasoned that since the peace treaty had been signed, we would be able to return quietly if all of the provisions had been followed. In the current situation, however, once the water has arrived, the number of people already present has been multiplied by the number of people arriving from other settlements. As a result, we’re frightened. Due to the heightened flood risk, we don’t think we’ll be able to leave this year “, said Beny Makon, the Deputy Chairperson of the Bentiu Displacement Camp.
The UN estimates that 8.3 million people require humanitarian assistance as a result of conflict and climate change. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is led by Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-Special General’s Representative.
“The water level is rising even as we speak, and scientists now estimate that natural evaporation will take 15 years. As a result, natural evaporation is no longer an option. We’ll have to figure out a way to return people back to their normal lives “. The flooding is the latest setback for a country that has been wracked by violence and bloodshed since its independence in 2011.