JUBA, May 26 (Xinhua) -- The European Commission (EC) said Friday it has provided 12.9 million U.S. dollars to help save the lives of conflict-affected people in South Sudan.
The money, which was channeled through the UN World Food Programme (WFP), is in addition to the 32 million dollars contribution that was already confirmed for 2017.
"The country needs continued international support which, combined with unimpeded access to the affected population, will help prevent the unfolding catastrophe from expanding further," WFP Representative and Country Director in South Sudan, Joyce Luma said in a statement issued in Juba.
South Sudan is experiencing the worst levels of food insecurity since independence with up to 5.5 million people facing severe hunger.
In February, famine was declared in parts of former Unity State, in Leer and Mayendit counties, affecting about 100,000 people.
"This support is vital to our ongoing efforts to respond to the unprecedented levels of hunger in South Sudan this year," Luma said.
The contribution from the EC's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) for WFP South Sudan will provide emergency food and nutrition assistance to about 890,000 people facing hunger as a result of conflict and seasonal food insecurity, including an estimated 165,000 children under the age of five and pregnant and breastfeeding women.