Over 400,000 people displaced by floods – UNOCHA

Over 400,000 people displaced by floods – UNOCHA
Affected residents wade through flood water in Maban as they seek refuge on dry land (photo credit: Juesuit Refugee Service)

At least 426,000 people have been displaced by floods since May 2021, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarians Affairs (UNOCHA) says.

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.

According to the recent assessment carried out by UNOCHA, priority intervention measures need to include food assistance, emergency shelters, and non-food items, water, sanitation, and hygiene services.

There is also a need for hygiene kits, health and nutrition supplies, and protection services and dignity kits, and fishing kits for livelihood support.

In a statement seen by City Review, heavy rains have damaged infrastructure and cut road accessibility in affected areas. Also, the shortage of funding, as well as insecurity, has hampered the flood response.

“Flood mitigation measures helped to reduce the impact of flooding in the areas like Bor town and Pibor and canoes and boats have been critical for mobile teams to reach people who have remained isolated by the floods in those affected areas,” the statement read.

Situation dire

According to UNOCHA previous reports issued last month, 380,000 people have been affected by flooding this year in areas along the River Nile, Sudd wetlands, Rivers Lol, and Sobat since May with Jonglei and Unity states being most affected.

In July 2021, devastating floods and heavy rains submerged three villages and displaced over 5,000 families in Twic East County of Jonglei State, authorities revealed.

Last week the government declared flood a national disaster and raised and urged the aid organization to help in rescuing the victims. This came during the governance cluster regular meeting chaired by the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar.

Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Garang Tong Aken, said the cluster resolved to form a responsive committee to address the issue.

He said the cluster discussed the issues of flooding and declared it a national emergency and the meeting recommended a responsive committee to be formed.

He said the committee comprised the ministries of Humanitarian Affairs, Defense, Water and Irrigation, Health, Information, and Gender.