MINISTERS SUMMONED Parliament demands explanations
By Morris Dogga
The Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) yesterday passed a motion to summon two ministers for questioning on the disaster that struck Lol State last week.
Flood struck Lol State last week when Lol River and other streams broke their banks and flooded villages along its banks. Many people had to move to highlands to escape the flood.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hussein Mar Nyuot, and the Minister of Health, Dr. Riak Gai Kok are expected to answer questions from the Members of Parliament on why they did not respond to the disaster urgently.
Mel Wal Achien, a Member of Parliament representing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) constituency of Lol State moved the motion for summoning the two ministers for not having responded to the disaster.
Achien said the flood had caused great damages to human lives and their property, destroyed many local and commercial farms.
He said according to the report sent to them by the State Minister of Health, fourteen Counties of Lol State had been destroyed beyond recourse.
Achien said, “The situation is currently too bad, and needed urgent intervention from the national government since thousands of people were left vagrant.”
He said the people of the state had now resorted to living on the high lands by road sides without clean drinking water, food and medication.
He said if the situation was not rescued, water borne diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, and cholera would break out.
Achien said about forty seven thousand households had been displaced in the counties of former Aweil North, Aweil West and Raja, while eleven people were reported to have died as a result of the disaster.
Achien told the Parliament that down-stream states such as Awiel East, Aweil West, parts of Gogrial, Twic and the two Liec States of former Unity state, are under serious threats since the flood is moving with the force and speed of 2km per hour.