250,000 people displaced in South Sudan after deadly tribal clashes

South Sudan

South Sudan

Over 250,000 people are without shelter following the deadly inter-communal clashes in Jonglei State of South Sudan, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The displaced are living in six makeshift camps without any protection from the heavy rains that continue to pound many parts of South Sudan.

IOM with the support of the UN Mission in South Sudan has begun airlifting relief supplies to those displaced.

Jumbe Omari Jumbe from IOM however says the risk of disease outbreaks is growing by the day as the displaced lack adequate shelter, basic health and hygiene facilities. 

"Many roads are impassable during this season, that is why we have to use helicopter at the moment to send assistance there. We have airlifted 5,000 mosquito nets, 5,000 blankets and other non-food items to an estimated 3,500 internally displaced people. More airlifts are planned for other locations in the coming days. The situation of the displaced people in these areas is terribly bad because these are makeshift camps made of branches of trees, no hygiene, no sanitation".

 The August 18 clashes between the Murle and Lou Nuer communities left over 600 people dead.

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