Flooding triggers rise in malaria, respiratory infections in Bentiu

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Displaced family in Bentiu. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

There's been a steady rise in malaria cases and respiratory tract infections in Bentiu as a result of standing water and flooding, the World Health Organization has found.

Tens of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) occupy the UN Protection of Civilians site in the northern oil producing state.

The majority of people are forced to live in the flooded area because it's the only place they feel safe.

Oxygen Wullar, a WHO health coordinator, told Jacob Ruai that just last week, 450 people reported sick with acute respiratory tract infections.

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