Nov 12, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — Over 400 households have been destroyed by floods caused by the heavy rains over the weekend in Nimule Town in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state displacing local residents, mostly women and children.
The Executive Director in the now-defunct Pageri County, John Ohure Tecks Solomon, said 400 households were registered as having been displaced by the flooding.
“Yesterday, we formed a committee under the leadership of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) department. They went and came with the report that some houses have been destroyed in the areas of Hai Kanisa and Motoyo West. Over 400 households were destroyed over the weekend because those areas are lowlands,” said the Executive Director in the now-defunct Pageri County.
“The committee will come up with the real report after registering the affected people and then we shall report them to RRC State headquarters and it will now be up to them to decide what they will do for the people who lost their houses,” Solomon added.
Solomon also clarified that the flooding has not affected the cross border movement of vehicles and that business activities are operating normally in the border town.
A catholic youth leader in Nimule had told a local radio station that the rains and resultant flooding have disrupted people’s lives in the border town.
“Within Nimule here these rains have interrupted a lot and when you go to the side of Motoyo East suburb and parts of Malakia West, houses were demolished by the flash floods. Some of the people have gone to their neighbors and others have shifted to other places which are on higher ground for safety,” said Mude Emmanuel Malis, the youth leader at St. Francis of Assisi parish of the Catholic Diocese of Torit in Nimule
“At the moment the displaced people require health care and things like mosquito nets, blankets, and other humanitarian assistance.”Malis added.
According to the area chief, Bol Kwir Agwer, the Dinka chief , the people whose houses were destroyed have moved to schools and some have gone to higher places like the road and the mountain.
“We are just living like this with no help given to us but we just ask God for help. There are no food, mosquito nets, plastic sheets are not there, we don’t have anything,” chief Kwir said.