Hundreds of thousands of children and their families – many of whom were already facing extreme malnutrition – have been displaced by heavy rainfall and are now living in temporary, makeshift settlements across South Sudan.
Flooding has affected more than 30 counties in Jonglei, Upper Nile, Warrap, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Unity, Lakes, Central and Eastern Equatoria. An estimated 60 percent of people living in affected counties already faced extreme levels of malnutrition before the rains. Life-saving assistance has been suspended in some flooded areas, with 42 nutrition centres impacted by the floods. This is likely to compound the existing severe acute malnutrition faced by thousands of families, if they do not receive timely medical treatment.