Floods Destroy 37 Tons of Food Supply in South Sudan

Massive flooding in South Sudan destroyed 37 tons of food supplies from the agricultural sector and caused food insecurity in the country increasingly critical.

Floods in South Sudan
Floods in South Sudan. (MSF/Tetiana Gaviuk)

ACTNews, SOUTH SUDAN – Heavy floods in South Sudan have destroyed an estimated 37,624 tons of cereals, according to the latest preliminary report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO stated that the flood submerged 65,107 hectares of land since May.

The report also said that 795,558 livestock has perished due to flooding this year in eight states of South Sudan. "This includes cattle, goats and sheep, and an unknown number of poultry, dogs, and donkeys,” it said.

"This has negative consequences on the food security of the affected population," the FAO said in a report published in 2021.

The report noted that more than 835,000 people have been affected by floods in eight of the country's ten states, with Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Nile the worst affected.

“Most people affected by the floods find it difficult to survive, as flooding from previous years has not yet receded and the new influx of water exacerbates the situation, making the prospect of a recovery difficult if not impossible,” stated FAO.

South Sudan is one of the worst hunger crises globally, with 2.5 million people in emergency or worse levels of acute food insecurity, of which 108,000 people are estimated to already face famine-like conditions, according to the World Food Program (WFP). 

It also notes that 4.7 million people are already at crisis levels, adding this is probably the worst food security situation since the country became independent in July 2011. The prolonged conflict has also made it difficult for South Sudanese people to recover from the floods. Residents must rely heavily on aid to survive. []