Access to healthcare and aid a challenge
This is the third straight year of extreme flooding in South Sudan; since May this year, flooding has hit eight of the 10 states. Jonglei, Unity, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile states, all in the northern half of the country, are the worst affected. The floods have further impacted many of the 11 million people in the country who are already in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Following the newest floods, people are in need of immediate assistance with medical care, food, and safe water, and non-food items such as shelter, mosquito nets and cooking pots.
Access, which is a challenge all year round in South Sudan, is further worsened by the floods; this difficulty of access applies to both communities to reach healthcare facilities and humanitarian aid, and for NGOs to reach remote communities. Many of the flood-affected areas inaccessible by road.