We lack resources to respond to flood crises – gov’t

We lack resources to respond to flood crises – gov’t
One of the areas most affected by floods in Pochalla in Greater Pibor Administrative Area (photo credit: Courtesy)

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disasters Management has said the government is facing the challenge on how to respond to the needs of the flood-affected population across the country.

Dr. Kok Bol Nyuer, Undersecretary at the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry, said the resources available were limited to meet the needs of flood victims.

“We are responding, and we are coordinating so many activities with NGOs to provide humanitarian access. We are there [offering humanitarian assistance to affected people], but as you all know; the resources are limited. We have to priorities,” Dr. Bol said.

Bol made the remarks while addressing the media at the sideline of the community event with families of the missing and former missing persons organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Juba on Thursday, September 30.

He said the 2021 flooding level in the country was alarming in seven of 10 states including Jonglei, Unity, Warrap, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Lakes, Western Equatoria, and Upper Nile.

“We are already working in Jonglei, Ayod in particular and now Pigi has been severely affected. So the impact [of the flood] is overwhelming and that is why the country has declared the situation as a national disaster,” he said. 

South Sudan currently is witnessing one of the worst humanitarian crises with at least three-quarters of the country experiencing heavy floods which have affected more than 800, 000 people.

Last week, authorities in Warrap State said three individuals succumbed to heavy flooding, thousands of households were destroyed.

They said they were susceptible to water-borne diseases such as typhoid, diarrhoea, and cholera, malaria, and bilharzia infections.

“The situation is worse because the floods covered all the six counties in Warrap State and it has affected people more. Some people are staying on the roads without food and mosquito nets,” Riing Deng Ading, Warrrap State Information Minster told The City Review last Friday.

 “We are appealing to the government and the non-governmental organizations to intervene because all the little foodstuff in the houses had been destroyed,” Deng said.

In Pibor, schools have been closed due to the floods.

On Saturday last week, President Salva Kiir decried this year’s flooding, which he said has destroyed the livelihoods of more than half of the population, and called on South Sudanese to unite to address the challenges facing the country, including the floods.

 “Now this year it has rained heavily and floods have destroyed the whole country even the place where I was born is now in the water. All of us should think of how to come out of this crisis. Let’s leave the fighting and leave anything and let us work together so that we get out of the crisis we face,” Kiir said.