We’re doing our best to move people who need further medical care out of the area. Our biggest concern at the moment, however, is the risk of a cholera outbreak. We’re also on the lookout for an increase in cases of diarrhea and for a spike in patients with malaria.
So many areas have been cut off, and whole villages are underwater or have been turned into swamps. Under these conditions, it’s very difficult for people to move around. They can’t wade out of the area, as there is a real risk of snakes and crocodiles.
There was one woman we met who had lost virtually everything. Her home was a wreck, but she was determined to do something to help. She had taken the wooden walls of her house and had built a makeshift raft to ferry children to dry ground. She was doing what she could.
Getting around this area of South Sudan is a challenge, even at the best of times. It’s a remote, inaccessible region, with few roads to speak of. Even though we’ve had a couple of days without rain, there are no signs that the floodwaters are receding. The water is still coming in from Ethiopia along the Sobat river.