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More than 30,000 people displaced by floods in dire need of food and shelter in Twice East

Nov 24, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — More than 30,000 displaced by the ongoing floods in Twic East County of Jonglei state are in dire need of food, shelter, and healthcare services.

Residents of Jonglei State struggling through floods as their Village is submerged in the flood.(Photo credit: courtesy image)
Residents of Jonglei State struggling through floods as their Village is submerged in the flood.(Photo credit: courtesy image)

According to a local official, many people are stranded in some parts of Twic East as floods are worsening day by day since June this year.

“Floods started worsening in June. Many people were displaced to Bor town, Mangalla town, and Lakes State. However, many people were left behind.  30,824 people now stay on the high grounds without food,” said John Aleer Awan, the acting county commissioner.

He called on the government and well-wishers to visit the area and assess the situation and help the needy people of the area.

Daniel Aleu, the acting county Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) coordinator, also appealed for intervention, saying the floods displaced desperately need help. 

“Of 30,000, only 10,000 benefit through the General Food Distribution (GFD) program. The rest get nothing. And with these floods everyone is vulnerable. So, we need help,” he stressed. 

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) had earlier stated that an estimated 481,000 of the affected people have been totally displaced from their homes in Jonglei state.

In a report released last week, Ocha said that the affected people are in urgent need of food, livelihood support, emergency shelter as well as non-food items (ES/NFI), water, sanitation and hygiene, health and protection services.

OCHA further said that the flood response activities are considerably constrained by persistent heavy rains, infrastructure damage and reduced physical accessibility (e.g., impassable roads, flooded airstrips), insecurity and limited resources.

According to OCHA, there is an urgent need for additional logistic support with air assets and riverine transport to move cargo to priority locations.

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