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Floods killed nearly 800K livestock, destroyed over 37K tons of crops- FAO

By William Madouk Garang

Months of floodsas a result of torrential rains and river overflow have leftat least 795, 558 livestock dead and some 37, 624 tons of cereals destroyed across South Sudan, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The state-by-state summary report released on December 29, 2021 by FAO,highlighted the effects of flooding in 2021 on crops and livestock in Warrap, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Jonglei stateswhich were the most affected in term of loss of crops.

The FAO estimated the total nation-wide cereal production loss at 37 624 tons, with Unity and Upper Nile states estimated to have lost354, 725 and 143,210 animals respectively during the devastating floods.

In the same report Jonglei State recorded 251, 325 deaths among animals including cattle, sheep, goats, dogs, donkeys and poultry.

“This disastrous level of crops and livestock loss represents a significant threat to the livelihood and food security for hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese,” said MeshackMalo, FAO Representative.

But further investment and efforts will be necessary in the new year to help farmers and livestock keepers recover from the devastation caused by floods in 2021,” Malo added.

According to latest report by United Nations Office for Coordination HumanitarianAffairs (UNOCHA), an estimated million people have been affected by flood waters in 27 counties with Jonglei, Upper Nile, Western and Northern Bahr el Ghazal as the severely affected states.

In these areas, the rains have swept away homes and inundated farmlands, forcing families to seek safety on a higher ground or in neighbouring towns.

The report is the result of an assessment conducted by FAO, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and state ministries of agriculture to address the effects of the floods in 2022.

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