Aid agencies in South Sudan preparing to help victims of ethnic clashes

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UNMISS peacekeepers deployed in Jonglei State

The United Nations in South Sudan is trying to locate thousands of people fleeing inter-ethnic conflict in Jonglei State to deliver basic relief supplies.

The UN says more than 20,000 people have fled to safety in Pibor.

The World Food Programme is also preparing to air lift emergency food deliveries to Pibor town on Friday.

Thousands of armed masked youth from the Lou Nuer ethnic group attacked the town of Likwangole two days ago, according to the UN.

The Deputy Special Representative for the Secretary-General and UN humanitarian coordinator, Lise Grande says the town was burnt to the ground.

"The conditions of the people that fled Likwangole are very serious. We know that people just ran with nothing. Just ran for their lives. Right now the UN mission in South Sudan and the humanitarian agencies that are working here are trying to locate the populations, particularly those who are in the bush."

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