Record Floods Cause Deaths And Widespread Damage in Sudan

Flood waters in Sudan have reached the highest levels on record, killing dozens of people, destroying thousands of homes and encroaching on some neighborhoods of the capital Khartoum. The flooding comes despite Ethiopia starting to fill the reservoir behind a giant new dam upstream on the Blue Nile in July. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is expected to help Sudan control future floods. Flooding regularly hits Sudan in summer,…

Rights expert denounces lack of investigation into 2017 killing of journalist in South Sudan

Lack of investigation into the killing of a journalist three years ago in South Sudan is indicative of a wider climate of hostility towards journalists in the country, an independent UN human rights expert has said.   Agnès Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said that the absence of a proper investigation sends a “very dangerous signal” that journalists and media workers can be targeted with…

Refugees at risk of hunger and malnutrition, as relief hit in Eastern Africa

UN World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to reduce its food and cash assistance for refugees in Eastern Africa by up to 30 per cent, the agency has said, voicing fears that the reductions could worsen in the coming months unless urgent additional funding is received in time.   According to WFP, over 2.7 million refugees in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, and Djibouti have been impacted, with food…

Rights expert denounces lack of investigation into 2017 killing of journalist in South Sudan

Lack of investigation into the killing of a journalist three years ago in South Sudan is indicative of a wider climate of hostility towards journalists in the country, an independent UN human rights expert has said.   Agnès Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said that the absence of a proper investigation sends a “very dangerous signal” that journalists and media workers can be targeted with…

IOM South Sudan: Weekly COVID-19 Situation Report (10 August – 16 August 2020)

Situation Overview The COVID-19 outbreak continued to slow down in the Africa region, as seen in the past two weeks. A total of 326 new confirmed COVID-19 cases (9% increase) was reported from 44 countries between 5 - 11 August 2020, compared to a 13% increase during the previous reporting period (29 July – 5 August 2020). While South Africa reported the majority of new cases in the region at…

South Sudan: Operational Overview, July 2020

Background The Logistics Cluster facilitates the coordination of the logistics response in support of the humanitarian community. Furthermore, it provides information management products to improve the decision making of humanitarian organisations in South Sudan. Where logistics gaps are identified, WFP, as the lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, acts as a Provider of Last Resort by offering common logistics services to support the humanitarian community in their response operations. Operational…

UNMISS donates ambulance to COVID-19 task force in Kodok, Upper Nile State

SAMSON LIBERTYThe United Nations Mission in South Sudan has handed over a vehicle to the COVID-19 task force committee in Kodok in Upper Nile State. It will be used as an ambulance and will facilitate the movement of local health workers.“This car will help us and our citizens in in a big way. Without a vehicle, it has been difficult for us to manage emergemcy cases here,” said Olao Alwong,…

FLOODS IN SUDAN KILL OVER 70 SINCE JULY

Sudan on Friday said floods caused by torrential rains have killed 72 people since late July, with thousands left homeless by the storms.Over 17,000 homes and 129 public buildings have been destroyed, Sudan's civil defence organisation calculates, according to a statement.Heavy rains usually fall in Sudan from June to October, and the country faces severe flooding every year.The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that…