KIIR, declares state of emergency in flooded areas
By Nema Juma
President Salva Kiir Mayardit has declared “State of Emergency” on flood affected areas across the country.
The affected 27 states include some states from Greater Bahr-el Ghazal Region where 7states were affected, Greater Upper Nile Region having 16 states, Greater Equatoria Region having 4 states.
The Minister of Information, Telecommunication and Postal Service, Michael Makuei Lueth read the Republican order No.26/2019 by President Salva Kiir Mayardit for the Declaration of the state of emergency in the areas affected by flooding in the Republic of South Sudan, 2019A.D.
Under the Title and Commencement, he stated that the order shall be cited as “The Republican order No.26|2019 for the Declaration of the State of Emergency in Some Areas affected by the Torrential Flooding in the Republic of South Sudan, 2019 A.D.” And shall come in to force on the date of its Signature by the President of the Republic.
The Order reads “that in the exercise of the powers conferred upon me under Article 189(1) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011(as amended) I Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, do hereby issue this Republican Order for the Declaration of State of Emergency in some Areas affected by the Torrential Flooding in the Republic of South Sudan,” Makuei reads the Decree.
He said over 27 states have been declared the States of Emergency over the Torrential flooding in the country.
On Thursday the 17th October, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Relief and Rehabilitation Commission called for humanitarian meeting which was attended by the UNOCHA, all UN agencies, (WFP, UNHCR), NGOs, Donors and others.
The Ministry reported that the flood level this year caused by torrential rains and floods from the neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya are more than the previous years.
According to the letter presented to the President, more than a half of the country is submerged by the floods.
It added that over 800,000people were displaced, crops and livestock destroyed and there was shortage of food and also the risks of water borne diseases.