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Flood Victims sought refuge in Pibor army barrack

By Gilo Jr. Okwata

Victims of fresh floods in Pibor area have sought refuge in military barrack after the second devastating flood in two mongths destroyed villages around the town submerging parts of the airstrip.

Speaking to Juba Monitor Yesterday, the press Secretary in the office of the Chief Administrator in Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA), Marconi Kuju Oboch said the displaced people were sheltering on high grounds around government official residential area and in the army barrack.

“As we speak, people from the southern part of Pibor, Langachot area are mostly affected and people from this area are now sheltering around the ministry of health of defunct Boma State and in the barrack and others from Kondako, the northern part of Pibor county, have also come to settle around government offices where officials are accommodated,” Kuju said.

Kuju stated that there was no immediate assistance from humanitarian agencies; however, he said the food that had been dropped by World Food Program (WFP) in the last two weeks was meant for people who were displaced by inter-communal violence.

“Up to now there is no response, though WFP dropped the food for the whole of last week and the previous weeks, they were focusing on the people affected by the inter-communal conflicts that happened between June and August this year specifically people from Likuangole, Gumuruk, Vertet and Maruwo,” he said.

He added that most of the areas around Pibor town have been badly affected and people in those respective areas need immediate assistance.

Since August this year, many parts of Greater Jonglei have been affected by flash flooding from rain and water from the river when river Nile burst its banks. Most affected areas include Pibor, Pigi, Duk, Bor town, Pochalla among others.  

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