18 Nov 2019

 

Heavy Floods Destroy Farms And Displace Thousands In Tonj State

“Within Warrap County, people are displaced to high lands in Warrap town. They are in dire need of food and medical care. Diseases are largely caused by this flooding. People are suffering because all crops have been destroyed in the farms."

By James Deng Dimo

Wau 26, August, 2019 [GURTONG] - Authorities in Tonj State have reported massive destruction and displacement of thousands of people from their homes following this month’s heavy rainfall. According to the state information minister, the heavy flooding has engulfed 10 counties in former Tonj North.

“Many farms have been destroyed and the areas witnessed huge displacement of thousands of people to high lands,” said William Wol Mayom Bol, the State’s Information Minister.

The state’s minister said all villages in Tonj north are overwhelm by the floods as people sought refuges on higher lands.

He also said the humanitarian situation is worsening as a result and called on humanitarian agencies to urgently intervene.

“I want to inform the public that Tonj North counties are standing deep in water. All the villages there are in the flooding,” said Bol.

Bol also added that the people in Warrap State are in need of food assistance since the whole displaced population now depend on leaves and tree roots.

“Within Warrap County, people are displaced to high lands in Warrap town. They are in dire need of food and medical care. Diseases are largely caused by this flooding. People are suffering because all crops have been destroyed in the farms.

“We appeal to humanitarian agencies and Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs at the national level to urge all the humanitarian agencies to intervene. Over 13 thousand households have been demolished by the floods. People are in need of shelter, food and medical care.”

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