Three people killed in Warrap floods

Three people killed in Warrap floods
Affected residents wade through flood water in Maban as they seek refuge on dry land (photo credit: Juesuit Refugee Service)

At least three people have been confirmed dead in Twic County of Warrap State as floods wreak havoc across the country.

Thousands of people have been displaced to the highlands, State Minister of Information, Riing Deng Ading told City Review yesterday.

He said two children had drowned in the floodwaters and got killed when a soaked house collapsed on her.

Deng said the situation was worsening as several people have been displaced from their houses to the highlands and some are sheltering on the roads.

“The situation is worse because the floods covered all the six counties in Warrap State and it has affected people much and some people are staying on the roads without food and mosquito nets,” he said.

“We are appealing to the government and the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to intervene because all the little foodstuff in the houses had been destroyed,” he added. 

On Friday, Minister of Information Michael Makuei said the floods that are wreaking havoc in the country had also waterlogged the residence of President Salva Kiir in Warrap State.

He said more than half of the areas in South Sudan have been submerged by floods.

He said the floods also swamped a training center for unified forces in Tufugia South of Upper Nile.

On Saturday, hundreds of Gumbo and Lologo residents of the Juba suburb were also displaced by the flood. The whole area was submerged due to the rise in the level of the River Nile forcing the residents on the southeast of the river to evacuate.

The area, which is known to be serene with makeshift settlements buzzing with life, turned into a different scene within a short time. The river burst its banks and water spilled over to the settlements causing displacement and igniting humanitarian concern. 

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), 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.