International Committee of the Red Cross

South Sudan: Surviving cholera outbreak in Juba following upsurge in violence

Photo gallery 17 August 2016

The July outbreak of violence in Juba forced people to flee their homes. Scores were injured or killed. In Juba the water distribution network does not reach all areas and the population relies heavily on water delivered by commercial tankers. Because of the lack of security some areas are difficult to access, so water supplies have become irregular.

A lack of clean water leads to an increase in water-borne diseases like cholera. Some 1,000 cases have already been reported in the current outbreak. Immediately after the beginning of the fighting, the ICRC activated an emergency water treatment plant and started producing clean water and helping to deliver it to displacement sites and health facilities.