UNICEF has requested for US$10 million to support flood-affected children in South Sudan

South Sudan people especially from the areas of the Northern Southern Sudan have been deeply affected by the heavy flood in the country for the past few weeks and this has results to displacement of the many people including women and the children.

UNICEF requested for US dollar 10 million in order to assist in the continuing flood in South Sudan that seems not likely to stop. The water levels are continuing to rise, UNICEF in South Sudan launched a flash appeal asking for US$10 million to respond to the most immediate needs of children affected by the floods.

100,000 people in South Sudan including children more than 490,000 are in the need of urgent assistance. Furthermore, almost 90,000 children are out of school due to flooded classrooms, teachers displaced, and schools used as shelters by the people.

Although the newest country was already one of the most dangerous countries to be considered child-friendly. The UNICEF representative Dr. Mohamed Ayoya gave out stated and assuring the good news that UNICEF was on the ground before the flood and could respond quickly. Dr. Mohamed further said that “The actions we are taking today will determine for how long children will feel these floods after the water subsides.”

“It is a liquid situation in all aspects,” said Dr Mohamed Ag Ayoya, UNICEF Representative in South Sudan. “The prevalence of malaria and waterborne diseases are increasing while children are cut off from essential services due to flooded buildings, impassable roads, and destroyed bridges. Children are separated from their parents and over 70,000 families are displaced. The forecasts indicate the rain will continue for weeks, we don’t know when we will see the end of this.”