Ruweng Administrator seeks assistance for flood victims

Ruweng Administrator seeks assistance for flood victims
Chief of Administrator of Ruweng Administrative Area, Peter Dau Chopkuer arrives at Juba International Airport on Thursday September 16, 2021 (photo credit: Kitab Unango/City Review)

The Chief Administrator of Ruweng, Peter Dau Chopkuer, arrived in Juba yesterday to solicit humanitarian assistance for flood victims stranded in his region.

Speaking to the media after arriving, Mr. Dau said he would meet President Salva Kiir and humanitarian agencies operating in the country over the matter.

“I am here in Juba to meet the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, and to seek relief assistance for the people of Ruweng because Ruweng is badly affected by the flood, people are displaced and the situation is worse,” said Mr. Dau.

Ruweng Administrative Area has been one of the regions in South Sudan affected by unprecedented flash floods over the past four months since May with thousands displaced and in dire need of humanitarian assistance across the country.

More states affected

According to the government, half of the country has already been affected by floods including Bor in Jonglei State, Pibor Administrative Area, Unity, and the Upper Nile States.

This week, the Council of Ministers declared the situation in the country a national emergency after a meeting chaired by the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar.

The meeting resolved to form a committee comprising the revitalized national ministries of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Defense, Water and Irrigation, Health and Ministry of Information as well as Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare.

“The cluster discussed the issues of flooding and declared it a national emergency today, [and] the meeting also recommended a responsive committee to be formed,” said Garang Tong Aken, Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs.

In 2020, flood-affected over 800,000 and displaced over 365,000 others in at least 60 of 73 counties of South Sudan.

The relief agencies in July 2021said, some 30 000 people were already affected by flooding in Ayod County of Jonglei State with 18,000 others in Fangak County, at least some 37,000 affected, including in Northern Barh el Ghazal, Upper Nile, and Warrap States.

According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), 74 percent of the flood-affected population were from Jonglei and Unity states, where Ruweng Administrative Area is a part.