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The worst floods in South Sudan threaten hundreds of thousands

Johannesburg: Severe flooding in South Sudan has endangered hundreds of thousands of people in the world’s youngest country, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday. The international aid organization said that around 800,000 people had been affected by the worst floods to have hit the region in decades. Weather forecasts indicate more rain to come. People living in flood-affected areas have not been able to grow food, as the lands have remained submerged for more than a year. The situation in the northern town of Bentiu is particularly bad. MSF says at least 150,000 people are affected here, with many having fled their villages. About 120,000 of them are being housed in ill-equipped refuge camps. Conditions are overcrowded and unhygienic. (dpa)

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