Floods force tens of thousands to flee South Sudan capital

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Most of those displaced in last 48 hours have fled for four kilometres to Gabon border, aid agencies say

Hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan have been forced to flee their homes as floods caused by unprecedented rainfall have devastated the country’s capital and other areas, aid agencies say.

The United Nations (UN) warned that a portion of the country’s 14 million population had been forced to seek shelter inside their homes, with another 2.7 million, more than half the population, at risk of hunger.

A River Nile burst its banks near the capital, Juba, displacing hundreds of thousands of people, local aid groups say.

More than 200,000 people have had to flee their homes in the past two days alone, according to the US-based OCHA.

Charities fear that the flooding will worsen conditions on the many sprawling displacement camps where about 4.5 million people are currently living, many of them internally displaced, according to OCHA.

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