UN official: SSudan crises need more than $760m

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Posted: Feb 02, 2012 12:43 PM
UN official: SSudan crises need more than $760m

A top U.N. official says South Sudan may need more than the $760 million the agency predicted they would need to cope with the new country's myriad humanitarian crises.

U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos visited South Sudan Thursday to tour humanitarian efforts in volatile Jonglei state, where the U.N. estimates that 120,000 people have been affected by ethnic clashes.

She says an ongoing oil dispute between Sudan and South Sudan will only make matters worse after South Sudan recently stopped oil production.

She said: "The situation in the country is extremely precarious and the risk of a dangerous decline is very real."

South Sudan broke away from Sudan in July and is struggling to contain internal violence that has plagued the region for years.