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Dutch ambassador in Bor to assess floods

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The Kingdom of the Netherlands Ambassador to South Sudan Janet Alberda is in Bor town to assess the impact of floods on the local residents.

In June, several homes in Bor town were submerged into water due to flood.

Speaking to Juba Monitor on Monday Dr. Mach Majier Gai said he invited Ambassador Janet to Bor to evaluate the situation following their previous meeting in Juba.

Ambassador Janet told the press that she was in Jonglei to see how her embassy would contribute to the sustainable livelihood and development of the WASH facilities.

She added that the Dutch company would be in Bor town in August to carry out a feasibility study to address the issue of continued flooding in the area.

“Countries like the Kingdom of Netherlands will continue to invest in development and sustainable livelihood of South Sudanese people. I announced that we would have a Dutch company in Bor town to explore feasibility study into flood controlling issues soon,” Ambassador Janet stressed.

“They would come in August for two weeks to identify the issues that you people of Jongei state are facing so that we can solve these problems together,” she added.

The Dutch diplomat reiterated that the Kingdom of Netherlands was enthusiastic towards supporting South Sudan’s stability.

“My message to the people of Jonglei state is that Netherlands is very keen towards the peace of South Sudan. We want to continue to create peace dividends for the people of South Sudan so that young people and women feel that the peace is at home,” she said.

Jonglei state Governor Maker Thiong Maal hailed ambassador Janet for responding to their invitation, saying it was high time for them to think together to address the issue of flooding in Bor.

“The area is always flooded when it rains but since the Dutch are known worldwide in managing running water, we invited them so that we can think on how best they can help us,” he said.

Governor Maal said the aim of the invitation was to restore old time friendship that begun in 1972 after the signing of the Addis Ababa agreement.

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