April 2, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — President Salva Kiir on Thursday visited Bor town, Jonglei state where he told residents to be cautious of the floods in the near future.
The president urged the residents to be vigilant and prepare for the floods instead of leaving their homes to seek refuge in other areas.
“I am very happy to be with you in Bor town. Today, I came to see how you are struggling with your livelihoods. I know floods have destroyed your homes, killing your cows and goats. But my message to you is do not leave your homes. You have to stay despite the floods. More floods are expected to come. So, people must get prepared.”
President Kiir said he is working on a permanent solution to control floods that have destroyed the livelihood of the people of Jonglei, pledging that heavy equipment is going to be brought to help in the construction of stable dykes that cannot easily be breached by floods in Bor town and nearby areas.
“Last year’s flood is not over. It will come again. Those in Uganda are opening their dams. And waters from there will go nowhere else, they will find their way into this Nile. So, the Khartoum people will be told to also open the dam in Jebel Auiya so that it takes in water, and that the water does not bounce back. They will also be told to open up the Merowe dam. And the same for Egypt there. So, this issue of floods is not over. And so it needs a permanent solution to address the issue once and for all,” he added.
He further told the communities to remain resilient and till the land for food production.
“The reason we fought for liberation was for us to develop our home. And so that people will be free in that food cannot be bought from the outside annually. Our soil is very fertile. It is better if we are to cultivate ourselves,” he stated.