Relief Commission Delays Assistance As Reports On Flood Victims Differ

The Chairperson of South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC), Peter Lam addressing the press at Malek School. [Jacob A. Jok]

Peter Lam says because of a report given by Jonglei state government, they are going to send a technical team comprising both the government and humanitarian agencies to verify the population of the affected people in the state.

“The reports we are receiving are different than the report that the government of Jonglei has which is 115,000. And by the way all the partners, international partners are reporting that the total affected in South Sudan is 27,000 and in Jonglei report you can see that it is 115,000, I think that is a very big gap,” said the chairperson of SSRRC Lam.

SSRRC Chairperson was a member of national emergency committee formed by the president of republic of South Sudan, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit to assess and give the accurate figure of the affected population in six states.

He said that they have Bor town affected very heavily and some other eight or seven counties including Bor County.

“We say that we are going to send a technical team to come here and do a join assessment both with humanitarians partners, to come out with the number agree upon by all of us so that they can assist the population affected,” Peter Lam has said told journalists.

He said that SSRRC has some materials that will soon be distributed to affected families in Bor town.

Last week, the Jonglei State government officials disputed the reports by the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission that only the business people are affected by the floods in Bor town.

The South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) had announced that the flood affected area in Jonglei State is only Akobo area with minimum destruction to the properties and Marol Market with about 5,000 individuals affected, adding that the only affected people are businessmen in Bor.

However, the Member of Parliament representing Bor town constituency, Philip Thon Nyok, told the media that the numbers reported are false as the affected population may reach about two thirds of the population in Bor.

The States of Warap, Unity, Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Jonglei, Upper Nile, and Western Bahr El Ghazl are the worst affected.

The Commission is working tirelessly in collaboration with the local and international humanitarian agencies operating in the country as well as the offices of South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission in the 10 States to respond to the needs of the flood victims.

The SSRRC Boss said that the main challenge facing rescue operation is lack of roads to access the affected areas.

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