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Floods destroy crops in Bor

By Moses Gum Degur

Fields of crops and homes in the outskirts of Bor town have been destroyed by floods caused by overflow of River Nile and torrential rainfall, Jonglei State Governor Philip Aguer Panyang said.

In a phone interview with Juba Monitor, Governor Aguer said the flood has destroyed fields of beans, simsim and groundnuts and washed away several houses.

He said the flooding was caused by overflowing of Nile River and heavy rainfall in parts of Eastern Equatoria State, which he said filled up the river Nile.

“We are experiencing flooding with some crops being washed away since the last few days,” Aguer said. “The flooding has damaged filed crops like beans, simsim and groundnuts and displaced some people from their residents,” he added.

Governor Aguer said despite the damages caused by flood in the state, people are still doing their normal activities for survival.

He said since it is seasonal flooding, he believes it will not affect annual production of other crops like sorghum.

“It is a seasonal flooding for some days. It will go down if rain stop and the Nile water go in. In this regard it will not affect production of sorghum and other crops,”Aguer said.

Governor Aguer said the people of Jonglei State should plant in the second season if the flood is over for the purpose of producing enough food for next year to eradicate hunger and alleviate the suffering of the people.

He advised farmers to harvest their gardens if some of the grains matured to prevent total lost.

In a related development heavy rains are said to have left states of Bhar el Ghazal region especially Aweil largely under water.

Brig. Gen Bolis Bol Malou, the Director of Fire Brigade Service in Wau State confirmed that areas of former Bahr el Ghazal state are filled with water leaving some people stranded.

He said according to reports, there is still no damage caused since the level of water is low.

He said an assessment team is still conducting its work to see the level of water and how much damage it may have caused on people.

Malou urged the civilians to dig local dykes or channels for water to run to avoid damage to the properties.

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