Bieh State Appeals for Humanitarian Aid
By Kitab A Unango
Authorities in Bieh, former Urol County of Jonglei State are calling on the national government and humanitarian agencies to provide quick assistance to people displaced by flood last week.
The State Information Minister, Peter Nin Tut, told Juba Monitor yesterday that the humanitarian situation in the state has remained dire following last week heavy rain that destroyed livelihoods and displaced people.
Peter appealed for quick assessment and emergency support to the people displaced from the nine affected counties of Biech State.
“The situation has deteriorated. Everything has been destroyed including houses, schools, health facilities and crops as well as animals. People are in dire need of assistance”, Peter said.
“We appeal to the national government and humanitarian organizations to come and assess the situation of the people and provide basic necessities to them,” he said.
Speaking to Juba Monitor on phone from the state capital, Urol, Nin revealed that people and animals have been exposed to diseases such as malaria and other communicable diseases adding that the situation will worsen if nothing is done as soon as possible.
Early this week, Michael Koroyom, a member of Transitional National Legislative Assembly [TNLA] representing the State called on the government to quickly rescue lives of flood victims.
Koroyom said the flood had also destroyed all the water sources including hand pumps resulting to lack of clean drinking water in the whole state.
“I want to tell South Sudanese and authorities that Biech State needs quick response to save lives. People have no safe drinking water. The Minister of Health and the Minister of Wildlife should do something immediately to rescue people and their animals,” Koroyom appealed.
South Sudan has been receiving heavy down pour leaving some property, roads, livelihood, animals and human life affected.