Sep 24, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and disaster management (MHADM) declared Mangalla as an internally displaced people’s camp.
According to a letter of declaration seen by our editorial team, the Ministry has decided to establish an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Mangalla town to accomodate people who are displaced by natural calamities and disasters caused by flooding.
“This is to kindly inform all the above recipients of this letter that due to natural calamities and disaster caused by the flooding effects that has resulted in the displacement of the persons, the government through the line ministry of Humanitarian affairs and Disaster Management has decided to establish an internally displaced persons (IDP) in Mangalla town.” Read part of the letter.
The letter further noted that the displaced persons are in dire need of various kind of humanitarian assistance.
The area has been hit by floods since late July when a dyke along the White Nile collapsed leading to thousands of families losing homes and livelihoods, adding to a situation that had been worsened by sporadic communal fighting.
According to mainstream media reports over 200,000 people have been displaced. Thousands of homes have been reportedly destroyed, along with crops and livestock.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) initially reported more than 5,000 people were displaced in Bor Town, the capital of Jonglei state. Since then flooding along the White Nile has affected wide areas of Twic East, Duk and Ayod counties.
Last month, Peter Mayen, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management said families are in dire situation and needed urgent assistance.
“We are experiencing this horrible disaster. My current appeal is to all humanitarian agencies to immediately assist those affected through provision of food and medical assistance,” he said.