South Sudan: UN says $1.27B is needed to avoid humanitarian disaster
Displaced South Sudanese women queue for water at the United Nations base where they have sought shelter in Malakal, South Sudan, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP / Ilya Gridneff)
Published Tuesday, February 4, 2014 11:36AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 4, 2014 12:29PM EST
The United Nations' humanitarian co-ordinator in South Sudan says a full-blown humanitarian disaster is set to hit the world's newest country unless $1.27 billion is raised to ramp up vital relief before the approaching rainy season.
Toby Lanzer said Tuesday that more than 900,000 people have been displaced in nearly two months of warfare and that 3.2 million people are in critical need. He said the aid is needed by June, before remote villages are cut off from road access by seasonal rains.
Lanzer noted that South Sudan's recent violence has destroyed many town markets. He said nearly 5,000 tons of food and non-food aid has been stolen during the lawlessness.
Lanzer predicted difficulty in raising the needed money because of crises in Syria, Philippines and the Central Africa Republic.