WFP launches emergency operation in South Sudan

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The World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for $20 million to bring emergency aid to an estimated 60,000 people affected by fighting in South Sudan's largest state.

The operation will include the use of helicopters as the people have fled to hard-to-reach areas of Pibor County, located in Jonglei State, which are inaccessible due to insecurity and roads made impassable by heavy rains.

WFP spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs told UN Radio that the funds will cover the cost of food and transportation through the end of the year.

"We believe that these people need food now. They cannot wait for longer and they have been hiding in the bush for weeks. If we cannot provide and get the money to use helicopters to take this food to those who need it most, we are very concerned and we fear that those people will have serious problems and will lack everything: food, potable water, medicine.”

WFP is currently providing food aid in areas of Pibor County where the humanitarian community has gained access. The agency estimates that as many as 100,000 people could be in need of assistance.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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