Kiir asks humanitarian agencies to assist flood victims

Kiir asks humanitarian agencies to assist flood victims
Women and children move to the dry land after the flood submerged their homes in Bor. [Photo: courtesy]

President Salva Kiir is appealing to humanitarian partners to provide short-term assistance to people affected by floods in the country.

The president also directed Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to come up with a short-term mitigation measures to the effected families.

“With thousands of people in dire need across the country, I am calling upon our humanitarian partners to work with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to provide short-term assistance to those affected by these floods as we work to find a permanent solution to this natural disaster,” Kiir said.

Kiir empathised with families who lost their loved ones and property due to floods.

“I am alarmed by the news of the widespread floods affecting communities in different parts of the country, my office has been informed that seven people died in Majak-baai, in Northern Bahr El Ghazal State due to floods. On behalf of the government, I convey my heartfelt condolences to their families,” he said.

Kiir reiterated the government’s commitment to ensure that the floods and their impact are appropriately handled.

“But we hope the measures we are taking will address flooding without creating an ecological imbalance down the road,” he said.

Early this month, many areas in Warrap, Northern Bahr El Ghazal and Lakes States experienced disastrous floods, as was also the case in Unity and Jonglei states where thousands have been displaced since last year.                   

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