S.Sudan says 80,000 flee after north takes Abyei

TURALEI, Sudan Fri May 27, 2011 5:16am EDT

TURALEI, Sudan May 27 (Reuters) - Around 80,000 people have fled since the north Sudanese army seized the disputed Abyei region almost a week ago, a southern official said on Friday.

"The situation is going from worse to even worse," said Dominic Deng, commissioner of the southern Twic country in south Sudan bordering Abyei, where most refugees arrived.

"They are sleeping under the trees. They need food and water ... some people are dying," he told reporters.

(Reporting by Jeremy Clarke, writing by Ulf Laessing)

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