Residents of Mayendit County Call for Aid Assistant

Thousands of Mayiandit County residents affected by massive flooding in mid-July, in Unity State, are calling for urgent humanitarian assistance. 

The humanitarian organization, Samaritan’s purse, said over a hundred thousand households registered this month were so starving of hunger.

In the first week of August, over 800 households with a total of 1,900 individuals were reportedly displaced in Northern County. According to the County Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, the areas affected include Pantoot, Maper and Thakker Payams.  

Flood victims described natural catastrophe as an “outrage disaster” that had triggered extreme starvation to people who were living on the streets without shelters. Water engulfed the whole area. Dhorbuoni, Dhorthier, Dhorgapni, and Maal Kuer were the most affected in the Southern part of Mayiandit.

One of the IDPS Pieny Jiek Jany said the flooding was caused heavy rain since June, and it has not yet stopped. All Payams were affected. He explained community had built some deterrence dykes, but the water ran out of control. 

Landslide overflowing was reportedly have affected infertile crops and animals. According to the resident, those affected include elderly persons, and people with disabilities are living on the main road without shelter. Some occupied the church and school facilities. 

Sarah Nyawuok Bol is a resident whose children surviving with fish as their daily meal. She said the majority of people don’t have fishing materials. 

“The worse things which were suffering, especially widowers whose husbands killed, blind people and people with disability when you saw them on the road, you can felt so sad.”

Snakes’ bite

Twelve people were bitten by snakes in the county headquarter alone. And two people died due to insufficient medication. 

It is not the first time people were dying each year due to snakes’ bite in the county. Medicine Saint Frontiers or MSF-Holland operating in Leer County, has admitted 50 patients of snakes’ bits in the first and second week of August. 

NGO says snake bite is a neglected public health issue in many tropical and subtropical countries. About 5.4 million snake bites occur each year, resulting in 1.8 to 2.7 million cases of poisoning. Around 81 000 to 138 000 people die each year because of snake bites.

Humanitarians’ intervention              

NGO Samaritan’s purse conducted an assessment last week. A massive number of unspecified people were affected. And are daring need of aid assistants such as food, shelter, and medical supplies. Samaritan’s purse and Universal Intervention and Development Organization are two organizations that were providing aid assistant in Mayiandit County. Samaritan’s purse staff who talk in a condition of anonymity explained that the situation needs immediate intervention. 

In 2019 The World Food Program said nearly a million of South Sudan’s 11 million people have been affected by devastating floods and are in urgent need of life-saving assistance. This year president Kiir declared a state of emergency in Upper Nile and the Jonglei States.

 

SSPDF accused of denying humanitarian access in Tonj

Women and children in Tonj East fetch water from a borehole after the 2013 conflict. Photo credit: Africa digital color.

South Sudan People Defence Forces [SSPDF] has been accused of denying humanitarian aid to reach the affected families in Tonj East County, Warrap State.

Local authority in the area said the army stopped mosquito nets meant to be distribute in Tonj’s Ngab Agok area.

Executive Director in Tonj East, Mabior Adeel Akol said many people were displaced during the recent clashes that he could not specify the figures.

Adeel is appealing for the humanitarian support to be offered to the IDPs. The support needed includes shelter materials and food items.

“The organization which supposed to distribute mosquito net was denied in Thiet area to enter Tonj East. And they returned after the army stop them to enter the area” He said

South Sudan People Defence Force –SSPDF’s spokesman, said the allegations cannot be verified until communication established with field commanders.

” I was unable to establish communication with field commanders to confirm what happened. And therefore will update you once get information”, Lul said.

The recent fighting between soldiers and armed civilians in Warrap State left 127 people dead, and others wounded.

Flood continues to displaced thousands of residents in Bor.

Lek-yaak residential area in Bor – credited: MINGAKAMAN FM

Some residents left homeless and forced to camp at Bor town’s streets as flooding increases in the area.

Citizens described situations as alarming, and they called for immediate humanitarian interventions to rescue people affected.

Residents said most families took refuge at school compounds, Churches, and the open high grounds.

Much flooding in Bor town has forced thousands of citizens out of their houses after torrential downpour broke dyke on Tuesday.

Pictures of villages along with River Nile and Marol market circulated on social media show the entire town has been affected.

They said the flooding would overrun the entire town if the government and agencies fail to respond quickly to repair the broken dyke in the next few hours.

“Kids are being placed in a floating plastic sheet to float on the water, and if it rains at night and we don’t have enough plastic sheets, how bad would it be to us.

“This is what confuses us! If the government and the Partners have said today that they are not able to fix this broken part of the dyke then, they supposed to tell us to see our to do,”-” It’s coming from all the direction from Pawau, and it’s crossing the town, it’s all over-where do we go?.”—” And insecurity in another issue, we supposed to take our people to the old cattle camps, but where is the security. Now it’s hard to find where to cook only for the kids. It’s flooded all together.”-” We will be together to provide the food, we may try our best to protect our people this night, but how about what to eat, where do we get them” residents said.

The relief organization – RRC Director Gabriel Deng promised that agencies are preparing to start a verification assessment that would determine the urgent needs.

Deng explained that the water flows from two significant directors of the town, Eastern and the bank of the Nile.

“My message to Bor town is that the humanitarian community and the government stand in solidarity with you at this challenging moment, and we believe everything is going to be sorted out. So we urge everyone to bear with us, we will respond as time allows. Deng stated”

Gabriel adds, his office has requested the UNMISS field office in Bor to fix the broken part of the dyke, which pours much water to the town.

Bor town lies closer to the bank of River Nile in Jonglei state, and it gets flooded every year due to its flat.