By William Madouk Garang
Humanitarian agencies are being urged to swiftly intervene to assist Aweil East and other Counties in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State which have been submerged by new wave of flash flood waters amid the rainy season.
Heavy floods have cut off Majok Yith-Thiou and Warawar which hindered the movement of people and commodities between Aweil Town, Aweil East and Merem.
Tong Akeen Ngor, the governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal made this appeal on Wednesday during an emergency flood assessment to the most flood-hit areas in Aweil East County.
Speaking to the media, Governor Tong appealed for humanitarian assistances and directed the acting Minister of Road and Bridges to conduct quick assessment and repair disconnected roads.
“The Governor called on the National and International Humanitarian Partners (Agencies) to collaborate with the State Government for quick intervention to assist the vulnerable people affected by floods in Aweil East and the other Counties which are seriously affected by floods in Northern Bahr El Ghazal State,” read part of the statement on the official governor’s Facebook page.
“The Governor also directed the acting Minister of Road and Bridges, Aguer Wol Aguer to carry out a quick assessment with immediate action to repair the disconnected roads to facilitate the movement of people and commodities between Aweil Town, Aweil East and Merem,” it added.
The State governor further urged the National Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to intervene on the dire humanitarian situation in the State which destroyed farms and displaced people.
According to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), about 760,000 people have so far been displaced by floods across the country since May 2021.
The aid agencies listed Upper Nile, Jonglei, Unity and Northern Bahr el Ghazal States respectively as the places that have been most hit by the devastating floods.
In assessment carried out by UNOCHA, priority intervention measures are needed to cushion the victims ranging from food aids to emergency shelters and non-food need such as water, sanitation and hygiene services.
The just concluded flood assessment in Aweil revealed that the most affected areas are; Hong Akol, Awic Chier, Marol Deng wiik, Akuacdit, Lol Mading, Tit Ajuot, Mabior Angony, Cuom, Warawar thii.
It also include, Lol pantong, Yar acot, War riel, Rum marial, Abuor Baac, War Lang, Baac Liet, Manyiel, Wach abaak, War Mathiang, Maper, Hong ameeth among others villages.
During the floods survey, Governor Tong was escorted by the Acting Minister of Roads and Bridges, Aguer Wol Aguer, Dominic Kang Deng, the Acting Chairperson of Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC), Heads of Security Organs, Executive Director of Aweil East County among other State Government officials.