Heavy flood hits hard on over 500,000 in South Sudan

A woman walks on a flooded street next to damaged houses and flipped over cars in the municipality of Madra western Athens, on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Flash floods in the Greek capital's western outskirts Wednesday turned roads into raging torrents of mud and debris, killing at least nine people, inundating homes and businesses and knocking out a section of a highway. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Heavy flooding has affected 500,000 people in central South Sudan, according to the UN mission in the country

The states of Lakes and Jonglei have been worst affected.

The head of the mission, David Shearer, told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that heavy rainfall and flooding of the Nile River had devastated parts of the country.

“Humanitarians are working incredibly hard to help people living without shelter, food, water, and sanitation in the middle of the rainy season,” Mr Shearer told the council via video link from the capital, Juba.

Mr Shearer added that there had been “an upturn” in conflict from splintering of armed groups.

He said while the situation had calmed down, “tensions remain high” and effort must be made to stop a resurgence.