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Activist appeals for Jonglei flood displaced help

By James Atem Kuir

A civil rights activist is calling on the government and Humanitarian organizations to urgently aid people affected by flooding in Jonglei State and other areas across the country.

Bol Deng Bol, the Executive Director for INTERPID South Sudan (ISS), a CBS organization based in Bor says thousands of people have been left homeless and without food far too long since flooding invaded their villages, while the government and aid organizations watch without tangibly intervening.

Bol revealed that a number of people have drowned while attempting to move away from their flooded villages in search of higher grounds.

“We know of three people who have drowned, a child of about six years and two elderly persons, the figures could be higher as many areas are inaccessible,” he narrated.

Bol states that the condition of the displaced people and those stranded in their villages is now calamitous and needs immediate intervention of all humanitarians’ players to relieve their misery.

“Our government has always kept quiet even when people are in such difficulties, and this is heartbreaking, people need help but they remain adamant. Who should these people look up to for help? These people need medical attention, food, mosquitoes-nets and other basic items but up to now nothing has been pledged, let alone given! I am calling on the government and humanitarian organizations to come to the rescue of these people,” he urged.

He further calls for the relocation of people who have no means of getting out of their flooded villages to higher grounds as heavier rains are anticipated in the coming months.

“There are thousands stranded in Maar, Patioh and other areas in Twic East and these people at dockyard here in Bor town should be transported to higher grounds. They are living in an open area and the children are exposed to many risks,” he said.

Greater Jonglei and other parts of the country have experienced severe flooding caused by heavy rains that outburst the River Nile.

Flooding and inter-communal violence has uprooted around 150,000 people in Jonglei State and Greater Pibor Administrative Area according to statistics from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.

Earlier this month, President Salva declared a state of emergency in Jonglei State and Greater Pibor Administrative Area over “the dire humanitarian situation on the ground”.

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