Four people drown in Ayod

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

At least four people have drowned in Ayod Town of Jonglei State as a result of the current floods trend which has submerged the areas, the local authorities confirmed.

Gabriel Tot, the County’s Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) Coordinator in Ayod told Juba Monitor on Thursday that four (4) bodies were discovered floating in water adjacent to Jonglei Canal.

He revealed the deceased include woman who had strapped a child on her back. 

“The body of the woman with a child, and a man were found flowing northwards of the area. They must have drowned in Duk Padiet or Ayod South areas,” he said in an interview.  

“Investigations would establish their identities. It is worse mentioning that on the same day a 27 year old Youngman identified as Lam also drowned while trying to cross to Eastern part of Ayod town,” Tot added.

The local official said the bodies were found on flood water along Jonglei Canal this week following days of heavy rains.

Chuol Stephen, who recently traveled to Ayod a Northern parts of Jonglei State, said the flooding in those ends was scaring and disastrous.

He said the trees and shrubs in the Canal have been submerged as well as homes.

“People could swim and there are no boats. And those who don’t swim may end up to be advantaged by the situation like what happened,” Stephen said.

The resident revealed that the situation was likely going to worsen in the coming months if the County gets no support, revealing that “All livelihoods have been destroyed.”

He appealed to government and aid agencies to provide canoes and food aids for the over 15, 000 floods displaced population in the Greater Ayod area.

As of recent, the residents of Bor town resorted to the use of canoes or small boats as a mean of transportation in the State’ in most flooded estates.

Flood in Bor town has hijacked business operations in the State’s Capital making it impossible for major businesses to operate.

Earlier July, the floods submerged the areas of Jonglei displacing almost the entire population in the town and its areas. Up to date, many are reported to remain stagnant in the water.

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