Sudan to end South Sudan floods through irrigation schemes

Sudan to end South Sudan floods through irrigation schemes
First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar (R) and Sudan’s Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Prof. Yassir Abbas shake hands in Juba on Wednesday (photo credit: courtesy)

The Sudan government has promised to help South Sudan address its protracted flood situation through irrigation to utilize the excess River Nile water.

This was disclosed in a meeting held between the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar and Sudan’s Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Prof. Yassir Abbas in Juba on Wednesday.

The two leaders agreed to strengthen the usage of the River Nile water to minimize the impact of the floods through Irrigation schemes.

The Information Director in the Office of the First Vice President, Puok Baluang, said in an interview that the Sudanese Minister and his accompanying delegation assured South Sudan of support in alleviating the suffering of the people caused by the floods.

“The Minister of Irrigation and Water is [on] a three-day visit to South Sudan. He arrived yesterday and they held a meeting together with the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar and the national Minister of Water, Resources and Irrigation Manau Peter Gatkuoth,” he said.

“They discussed a wide range of issues about the cooperation between South Sudan and Sudan in the areas of water resources and cooperation in the technical information,” Baluang said.

He added that Prof. Yassir had promised to help South Sudan resolve the protracted floods in the country that has affected most of the people.

“The Sudanese Ministry of Water and Irrigation has pledged to train personnel in the area of water and irrigation especially from the ministry of irrigation and water resources to implement one of the few water projects in South Sudan basically in Upper Nile.”

Over 630,000 people have been affected by the flash floods in 27 counties across South Sudan.

This is according to the latest reports by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. It states Jonglei and Unity are the most affected states – accounting for 58 percent of people affected by the flash floods.

“As of October 7, more than 623,000 people were affected by flooding in 27 counties across eight states since May,” writes UNOCHA in its September Humanitarian Snapshot released on Thursday.

Upper Nile, Western, and Northern Bahr el Ghazal come second as states badly affected by floodwater. It states that the number of people in dire need of humanitarian assistance went up in September.

Over two-thirds of the flood-affected counties faced high levels of food insecurity. Schools, homes, health facilities, and water sources are also reported to have been destroyed.

Furthermore, physical access remained the challenge for humanitarian organizations to assess and respond to the needs of flood-affected people.

Meanwhile, a measles outbreak was reported in Kuajok town, Gogrial West County of Warrap State.

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