Floods displace over 40,000 people in Unity state
August 3, 2014 (KAMPALA) – At least 42,000 people have been displaced by floods from heavy rains in Unity state’s Mayom county, officials told Sudan Tribune.
- Displaced people gather around a water truck to fill containers at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the capital Juba, South Sudan Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 (AP/Ben Curtis)
The situation, which mainly affected Wangkei, Riak and Wichok payams, has been described as life threatening to the population in these remote areas.
Peter Dak Khan, a lawmaker who joined rebellion, said most of the flood victims lacked shelter and hunger threatened their survival.
“We are much worried about such a big number of people that are forced to abandon their homes by floods, some crops they cultivated are now spoiled and rounded up by water,” said Khan.
He further said Malaria cases were on the rise among children and expectant mothers in the area due to the heavy floods from rainfall.
“These people have no access to health facilities which is endangering their status. We urge international organisation to assess their conditions and damages to assist them in term of drugs, non-food items and food supply”, the ex-lawmaker told Sudan Tribune.
Also a challenge, Khan stressed, was the poor road network, which made accessibility to these flood-affected area very difficult.
“Some areas are suds or low lands and it is easy for flood water to hit the residents every year. The cause of floods comes about when the White Nile is filled up by rain water which later runs through the low ground land,” he said.
Unity state often experiences floods. Last year, over 100,000 households were hit by food insecurity due to flooding, which affected Rubkotna, Guit, Mayom, Mayiandit, Parieng and Payinjiar counties.
The United Nation recently warned of looming famine in South Sudan, if its warring parties did not immediately cease hostilities and end the fighting.
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