South Sudanese refugees stream into neighbouring countries

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Food distribution in South Sudan

Nearly 31,000 South Sudanese nationals have fled into neighbouring countries since the flare-up of violence in the country two weeks ago according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

The agency says it has registered over 23,500 refugees from South Sudan in Uganda, 5,000 have been registered in Ethiopia while in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, some 3,000 South Sudan refugees have been registered.

UNHCR says up to 2,500 refugees from south Sudan were crossing into Uganda daily, severely straining its ability to respond to the growing humanitarian needs.

UNHCR says insecurity and sporadic violence were hampering efforts to provide relief supplies to those displaced inside the country.

Last week the agency lost six vehicles that were being used to transport relief supplies to an estimated 77,000 refugees camped in Yida close to the border with Sudan.

Melisa Fleming is from UNHCR.

"The situation inside the country continues to be very unstable. Internal displacement is at 57,000 people in UN compound's throughout the country. UNHCR is now stepping up efforts to get relief items into these facilities to help people with shelter with cooking ports and kitchen equipment etc. at the same time there are 250,000 refugees in the north of the country that UNHCR is trying to maintain."

On Monday, UNHCR airlifted materials to shelter 20,000 displaced people in and around the South Sudan capital of Juba.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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