FLOOD, more rain expected in coming weeks

 By Nema Juma

The government has admitted that more heavy rain is expected in a few weeks to come according to metrological department.

Speaking to Juba Monitor in an exclusive interview yesterday, the undersecretary in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Gatwech Peter Kulang said latest report from the metrological department indicates that more rainfall is expected in the coming weeks that would result to more flooding in the affected areas across the country.

“We have made consultation with metrological department and the report shows that rain is expected to increase even more in the coming weeks,” said Kulang.

“We are forecasting more devastating rain in most parts of the country especially in Northern Bahr el Ghazal Lakes State, Greater Upper Nile and some parts of Eastern Equatoria,” he added. 

For the last two to three weeks, most parts of the States have been affected and thousands of people have been displaced.

According to Kulang, flooding has also affected crops and disrupted agricultural activities in the affected areas.

He described the flooding as “real disaster.”  “As you know the heavy rains and floods have impacts on agriculture and farmers have encountered losses of crops. Disaster is becoming real and we in the concerned ministry felt that there is a lot that needs to be done,” Kulang said.

Eelier, the same Ministry and Relief and Rehabilitation Commission received many reports about the heavy rains that have been experienced in the last three weeks.

However, Kulang said technical Officers from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the MSF Emergency Shelter came together and started responding to the havoc.

He said the respond teams have agreed to move as well as doing assessment in the affected areas.

He added that the MSF compounds in Pibor have the resources but the flood has also affected their compounds and their activities.

“The Ministry, United Nations and the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) felt that there is need for the development partners and the donors to intervene because the targeted population is more than what is expected,” said Kulang.

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