President Kiir Drives Support For Flood Victims

President Kiir appeals for support for the flood victims in the country. [File photo]

According to the preliminary report by the committee formed early this month, the floods have displaced 5,883 households in Warrap, 5,000 in Northern Bar El Ghazal, 10,000 in Unity, 8,355 in Upper Nile and 8,000 households Jonglei, affecting lives of over 220,000 people. 

“The country and I are deeply concerned of the suffering brought by this natural disaster. The government has recommended immediate security, shelter, medical services, livestock vaccines and drugs and information on floods be organised,” Kiir told the press in Juba on Thursday.

A Floods-Taskforce comprising of nine ministers has been formed to map the flooded areas for an appropriate action and long term plan as a sum of SSP 7million, about US$ 2.2million also has been approved by the government to support the flood victims.

 “I take this opportunity to ask all South Sudanese in the flooded areas to remain vigilant and cooperative while mitigation methods are exerted,” Kiir said.  “Allow me to call upon our business community, civil servants and partners to help the affected people in this difficult moment.”

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in a press statement on Thursday said the floods and heavy rainfalls have caused extensive damage to infrastructure in South Sudan especially roads and bridges, making  transportation of commodities and humanitarian aid difficult.

Several farms, houses and property have been destroyed and the situation is expected to get worse as the heavy torrential rains continue and River Nile banks have broken loose.

UNMISS says it is assisting local authorities in areas affected by constructing dikes,  a six-meter pedestrian bridge to allow passage over an area currently under water in the centre of Bentiu town and providing helicopters to assess areas that could result in disease outbreaks.

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