Eight thousand new shelters for South Sudanese displaced

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South Sudan: ongoing fighting between the Government and rebels has forced an estimated one and a half million people across the country to flee their homes. UN Photo/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos (file)

Eight thousand new shelters have been constructed by the UN to accommodate more than 60,000 people displaced by fighting in South Sudan.

Ongoing fighting between the Government and rebels has forced an estimated one and a half million people across the country to flee their homes.

Daniel Dickinson reports

Working with humanitarian partners, the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS,  has constructed eight- thousand shelters for around 62,700 displaced people in Bentiu in Unity State.

The new location, covering 1.5 million square meters, is set on higher ground to prevent flooding.

Numa Shams, is an UNMISS team leader.

"We have an ever-increasing number of people who are coming. One of the challenges we faced in the past was the problem of flooding. However, through the new and improved system, we hope there will be no flooding in the current year."

The UN estimates that just over four million people in South Sudan need assistance of some kind.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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