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Floods affect 200,000 people in Upper Nile’s Maban County
October 4, 2019 (MABAN) – Unprecedented heavy floods have affected at least 200,000 refugees and host communities in South Sudan’s Upper Nile’s Maban County, the UN refugee agency said
Situated in Northern Upper Nile State, the affected area is home to more than 150,000 refugees from Sudan, said UNHCR.
The agency said people are seeking safety from the flood waters wherever they find dry land, mostly on small islands as unprecedented water levels have submerged vast areas.
The affected population is in dire need of humanitarian aid, it stated.
“Flood waters are slowly receding, but aid delivery is still heavily curtailed due to damaged roads and continued high water levels in certain areas,” the agency noted in its latest report.
Meanwhile, UNHCR said it conducted initial rapid needs assessments in Doro refugee camp and its host community from October 30-31.
The assessment, it said, showed refugees and host community members are at risk of disease outbreak due to flooded latrines which have resulted in contaminated surface water in addition to the high risk of water borne diseases due to stagnant water.
According to UNHCR, the total number of South Sudanese refugees has now passed 2 million and it is currently the largest refugee crisis in Africa.
A strong earthquake shook the Chilean capital, Santiago, last night. There was a protest demonstration downtown against poor social services and economic inequality, the AP reported.
According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude of the earthquake was 6.0 on the Richter scale. The epicentre is 28 km southwest of the town of Ilapel. The depth was 49 km.
According to the France-based Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, the quake was 6.3 magnitude and the epicentre was near the coastal city of Coquimbo in central Chile, Reuters and TASS reported.
Apart from the capital, the earthquake was felt in many settlements in central Chile. So far there are no data on injured people and material damage.
The country is located in the so-called Ring of Fire and among the most seismic countries in the world. In 2010, an earthquake of magnitude 8.8 and a tsunami caused the death of 525 Chileans, and 26 disappeared without a trace, the AP recalled.