By Akol Madut Ngong
The government of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State has planned to form a Disaster management committee at the state, County and Payam levels to make the coordination of disaster management easier.
The State governor Tong Akeen Ngor promised to form the state Disaster Management Committee and further stated that he will direct the county commissioners to form the Disaster Management Committee at the counties and payams levels to coordinate the management and control the disasters that might occur in the future.
“We acknowledge the team from the National Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management for enlightening the state government officials on management and harmonization of the different risks in the state,” he stated.
The devastating floods in the state had resulted to loss of lives, destruction of farm, properties and loss of livestock.
The government of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state released data on losses caused by floods across the state in the last three months.
According to the data released by the state’s relief and rehabilitation commission, thousands of houses collapsed, 30 people were documented to have died and thousands of acres of farmlands were submerged in flood water,
It stated that 77% of the population is affected and many had to leave their homes and relocate to higher grounds, 75,000 houses are documented as having collapsed and 108, 472 individuals were affected by the surges.
South Sudan declared State of emergency in the flood-affected areas and declared flooding a national disaster and appealed for assistance from partners.
South Sudan has experienced extreme flooding over the past three years, with more than 800,000 people affected by 2021 alone.