South Sudan: those who survive bullets, are killed by Cholera

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In Juba, South Sudan capital, water distribution network remains a problem. For long, the population has been depending heavily on water delivered by commercial tankers. However, the outbreak of fighting on 10th July 2016 worsened the problem.

Water supplies have become irregular. For the displaced people it is even very difficult to access the most basic services including water.

Destruction and looting took a toll on the already weak infrastructure. Some water tanks used for storage were hit by bullets, while others were stolen.

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According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, this lack of access to clean water lead to an increase in waterborne diseases likes cholera.

Reports suggest Cholera cases have been on the rise. There seems to be little option for the victims. Hospitals and clinics, the last option also lack a reliable supply of clean water to function.

The latest release from the United Kingdom Foreign Office reveals as of 19th August 2016, there have been 883 cases and 22 deaths due to cholera in Juba and Terekeka in Central Equatoria and the Duk Islands in Jonglei

To save the situation, the ICRC has set up a water treatment plant that is already producing over 400,000 litres of clean drinking water per day,-a vital lifeline that helps counter the spread of cholera.

The organization has also installed water distribution points in cholera prone areas around Juba. Working closely with the South Sudan Red Cross, whose volunteers help run the plant and the distribution points. They also visit homes door-to-door and tell people to wash hands and use only clean water to prevent the spread of the disease.

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