Oxfam: South Sudan refugees face water shortages

The aid agency says tens of thousands of refugees in South Sudan's Jamam camp must be urgently moved to a new site to escape life-threatening water shortage.

hidden April 27, 2012 16:24:12 IST
Oxfam: South Sudan refugees face water shortages

Nairobi, Kenya: An aid agency says tens of thousands of refugees in South Sudan's Jamam camp must be urgently moved to a new site to escape life-threatening water shortages and fatal diseases.

Oxfam's spokesman Alun McDonald said in a statement Friday that the existing boreholes can only serve 16,500 of the 37,000 refugees who urgently need water. He said relief agencies expect more refugees fleeing the unresolved Sudan-South Sudan border conflict will be taking up residence in the camp.

Oxfam South Sudan refugees face water shortages

Sudan carried out repeated aerial raids on towns in South Sudan this week. AP

McDonald said heavy rains in the coming weeks will make it difficult to deliver aid to the camp, leaving refugees exposed to diseases such as cholera.

Sudan carried out repeated aerial raids on towns in South Sudan this week.

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