Since South Sudan’s widespread flooding in May affected over 600,000 people with many forced to flee their homes, the United Nations said.
Rivers broke their banks following heavy rains, deluging houses and farms in eight of the country’s 10 states, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a briefing note on Thursday.
Jonglei and Unity states are the worst hit, representing 58 percent of those affected, the emergency-response agency said.
More than two-thirds of the affected areas now facing the risk of hunger as food prices shoot up, recording a 15-percent jump since August, it added.
“Physical access remained a major challenge for humanitarian organisations to assess and respond to the needs of flood-affected people.”
Aid workers are using canoes and boats to reach stranded populations, with “Schools, homes, health facilities and water sources inundated, impacting people’s access to basic services,” the note read.
Some families have been able to flee to the capital, Juba, while others have set up makeshift camps along highways.