Jesuits are helping in wake of South Sudan flooding

Jesuit Missions is supporting Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in South Sudan as they cope with the effects of intense flooding in the Maban region. The recent flooding is thought to be the most devastating experienced in more than four decades.

The unprecedented intensity of the floods has affected Jesuit projects which were set up to help the refugees and local communities of Maban, which has already been devastated by years of conflict and chronic underdevelopment.

With water levels rising higher than a metre, the floods are estimated to have affected more than 200,000 people (according to UN reports from the region). As well as the large displacement of local and refugee communities, there is also significant damage of livelihoods, crops and livestock which will have long term implications on how the communities recover.

The accumulation of water in various parts of the region also means that the risk of waterborne diseases has increased considerably. Mosquito breeding sites and the contamination of water sources caused by collapsed latrines and overflow from septic/sewage systems pose a significant problem.

The priority in terms of responding to these challenges continues to be engaging with local government, community leaders and other humanitarian agencies, and to monitor the situation and coordinate immediate relief.

Along with our partners in Ireland and Europe, as well as JRS International in Rome, Jesuit Missions continues to monitor the situation in Maban and prepares to provide support as and when required.

At this difficult time, we invite you to keep the people of Maban in your thoughts and prayers.

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