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ALERT-Nile waters level high

By James Atem Kuir

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management is notifying people living downstream the Nile River to quickly vacate to higher grounds due to anticipated severe flooding as a result of rising water levels.

Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday, Gatwech Peter Kulang, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management said hydrologists from the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation have recorded the highest levels of water at the end of last month.

He said the ministry’s Early Warning team [EW] recorded about 13.70mm to 13.95mm increase between 24th of October to November 1st, 2020.

He said the areas stretching from Mangalla to Renk could see severe flooding and people living there should leave for higher grounds as soon as possible.

“Since last week, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management has been receiving information from the early warning team members from the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation about seriousness of rising water levels in the Nile causing flooding.

On October 24th  to today [Sunday], we recorded highest rise of 13.70mm to 13.95mm which has flooded  parts of Gumbo, Lologo, Luri, Kamiru, Palido, Gondokoro, Walawalang and all up to Mangalla just within Central Equatoria,” Peter Kulang narrated to Juba Monitor yesterday.

“The water flow from the While Nile will affect Mangalla through Renk, so we urge our communities living between these places, especially those close to the river to relocate to higher grounds,” he said.

Kulang also urged local authorities and Humanitarian partners to identify grounds and help in evacuating vulnerable population to these areas.

“We urge our local authorities and communities to respect the call because this is a natural disaster and it’s our responsibility as community and families to help our livestock and vulnerable people to relocate to better places.

We also appeal for urgent mobilization of resources and humanitarian support to the affected communities. So, this is going to our good donors and government together…this is a huge issue which has affected about seven states,” Kulang added.

According to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, the flooding has been caused by combination of large volumes of water discharged from Lake Victoria and heavy down pours.

Over 800,000 people have already been displaced by flooding according to reports.

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