Rains threaten to cut off thousands Sudanese refugees

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Truckloads of humanitarian relief supplies are being sent to parts of northern South Sudan, where expected heavy rains could cut off access to nearly 200,000 refugees, according to the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR.

The refugees from Sudan are living in Unity and upper Nile states in the north of South Sudan.

UNHCR says heavy rains are expected in the region in the coming weeks which may render roads in the region impassable.

UNHCR spokesperson Dan McNorton says the operation which began in mid April has so far seen over 144 trucks deliver relief supplies in the north of the country.

"In Unity, which is home to 73,000 refugees, most of them living in the Yida camp, we are looking at delivering relief items for over 110,000. Once those final deliveries have been made pre positioned supplies in Unity state will include plastics sheets; sleeping mats and family tents. In Upper Nile where there are 117,000 refugees living in five camps, relief items for over 120,000 people will be in place ahead of the anticipated rains and floods. UNHCR is also using boats which are able to operate along the Nile River which does remain navigable throughout the rainy season." 

UNHCR says about 400 Sudanese refugees were registered in Upper Nile and Unity states this week.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.

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