South Sudan: FAO sounds warning over famine

South Sudan: FAO sounds warning over famine

Heavy flooding in South Sudan has destroyed around 37,624 tonnes of grain this year, according to the latest preliminary report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

It said 65,107 hectares of land have been submerged since May.

“A preliminary FAO analysis indicates that around 65,107 hectares of cultivated land have been damaged by the floods, with an estimated loss of 37,624 tonnes of cereals, which is expected to have negative consequences on the food security of the affected populations” , indicates the report.

The report notes that more than 835,000 people have been affected by the flooding in eight of the country’s ten states, with Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile being the most affected.

“The majority of those affected by the floods are struggling to survive as the floods of previous years have not yet receded and the new influx of water is making the situation worse, making the prospect of a recovery difficult, if not impossible.” , says the report, which also states that 795,558 head of cattle perished as a result of this year’s flooding in eight states of South Sudan.

South Sudan is highly vulnerable to climate change, including flooding, droughts and, more recently, a locust infestation.

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