WFP/RDAA Emergency Response to Flood Victims in Maridi
Over the last one month, torrential rains have led to further rising flood levels in various places in the counties of Maridi and Ibba in Western Equatoria state of South Sudan. The flooding compounds an already fragile humanitarian situation due to the increasing levels of destruction caused by floods across the country, and the impact of COVID-19. This worsened the already food insecure population.
Food security and poverty has been a real issue and concern for many families and it’s something that RDAA is acutely aware of as it continues to monitor and assess the farmer’s needs in Maridi and Ibba during this season of floods. After the Initial inter-agency flood impact assessment team with County Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Coordinator, beneficiaries affected by flood were identified and registered in Mabilindi, Mboroko and Nambia Payams of Maridi County for food distribution in support with World Food Programme (WFP) South Sudan.
The food was all transported by WFP-South Sudan vehicles to all the distribution points.
RDAA was initially asked to give logistical support at Maridi County and the surrounding Payams. To deal with the surge in demand, three emergency distribution hubs were established in Mboroko, Maridi and Nambia for easy distribution.
Food insecurity was an issue for many prior to the Coronavirus crisis, but the last few months have exacerbated already fragile situations for people. Being able to get the basic need of food will for many be the reason they do not fall deeper into more complex issues relating to poverty.
We are enormously proud of our RDAA emergency response Team in Maridi and WFP continued support to vulnerable people in South Sudan. The partnership has demonstrated how by bringing together the skills and resources of different organisations we can mobilise much-needed support to efficiently combat widespread food poverty at a regional level.