Another two million have been displaced inside the country, but they are not covered by Monday’s appeal.
The country has declared famine in some areas and has warned that a million people are on the brink of starvation.
“The suffering of the South Sudanese people is just unimaginable,” WFP chief David Beasley said.”
SITUATION MORE DIRE
“Aid workers often cannot reach the most vulnerable hungry people. Many are dying from hunger and disease, many more have fled”
The UN said people were now fleeing South Sudan at a rate that far exceeded already pessimistic estimates.
“The number of people fleeing to Sudan in March surpassed the expected figure for the entire year,” it said, with about 375,000 South Sudanese refugees now in the country.
Ethiopia is hosting the same number, while the situation in Uganda is even more dire, with nearly 900,000 refugees from South Sudan in that country. Kenya counts about 97,000 South Sudanese refugees, DR Congo has 76,000 and the Central African Republic has 2,200.