Help needed in drowning Unity State– Governor Manytuil

Help needed in drowning Unity State– Governor Manytuil
Governor of Unity State, Joseph Manytuil Wejang receives gift from Jikany Community (photo credit: Unity State Gubernatorial Press Unit)

The Governor of Unity State, Joseph Manytuil Wejang, has raised concerns about the threats posed by flooding in the area.

His statement came after the Chilaak residential area and Rubkona markets were submerged by floodwaters on Sunday.
In a press statement seen by The City Review, Governor Manytuil said the flood in the area came as a result of climate change whose impacts require a strategic plan to curb.

“Unity State is under immense threat because of the devastating flood. It has submerged and all residential areas of Chilaak and Rubkona market just two days ago,” he said.

“We are urging humanitarian organisations to provide support to the flood-displaced persons across the State,” said Manytuil, after a meeting with the community of Jikany, comprising of women and chiefs.

The communities recognised the commitment of the governor and his endeavour to continue providing emergency support since the start of the flooding in the state.

Last month, the authorities said thousands of people in Unity State had been displaced to Sudan by the raging floods that had engulfed the area.

The State Minister of Information for Unity State Gabriel Hon Makuei said an unspecified number of people had continued to cross into Sudan with their livestock on daily basis.

He said the whole population of Bentiu had been flashed out by the flooding and the situation was worsening. Makuei added that those who remained in the flooded areas are some people who got refuge in the higher lands.

Bigger problem

The pattern has been replicated in other places with estimated 1,500 people being displaced in four payams of Pakuru, Norpur, Gangi and Mermer in Koch County in Unity State.

The floods also submerged 109 schools, affected an estimated 65,000 students and more than 1,000 teachers across seven counties in the state.

About 760, 000 people have so far been displaced by floods across the country since May 2021, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarians Affairs (UNOCHA) said last week.

The most affected people are from Jonglei and Unity states, followed by Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal and the Upper Nile states that have been the hardest hit to date.

In the recent assessment carried out by UNOCHA, priority intervention measures needed are food assistance, emergency shelters, and non-food items, water, sanitation, and hygiene services.