The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, is supporting the Government of South Sudan in assisting people hit hard by the worst flooding there in decades. Weeks of heavy rain have caused unrelenting floods, affecting more than 700,000 people across the country. UNHCR Representative in the country Arafat Jamal said on Tuesday. Mr. Jamal said although the effects of the climate emergency are being felt on every continent, and in every region, East Africa has been profoundly affected. “Communities, already struggling, are facing unprecedented floods and storms, unreliable rainfall, and distress under hotter and drier conditions as their basic needs and rights to water, food, livelihoods, land, and a healthy environment are hit hard.” His observations are in line with a report published on Tuesday by the World Meteorological Organization and partners, which reveals how climate change contributed to mounting food insecurity, poverty and displacement in Africa during 2020.
By UN News. October 19, 2021.