"Stresses" as displaced crowd into South Sudan UN bases

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The large number of displaced people crowding into United Nations bases in South Sudan is creating significant stresses, according to a senior UN humanitarian official.

The ongoing insecurity has led to 830,000 people fleeing their homes. 85,000 of those are currently sheltering in UN compounds.

The high temperatures are adding to the problem of overcrowding.

Toby Lanzer is the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan.

"There are stresses which are created by the situation. Of course the initial stress is why people came. But we have a situation of overcrowding. We have a situation where there is blistering heat. And we also have a situation, where there simply hasn't been enough space to build enough latrines."

The UN Humanitarian coordinator says up to 3.7 million people are in acute need of food as a result of the conflict.

He said the country's economy had been badly affected because insecurity had disrupted trade.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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