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Jonglei flooding requires drainage system

May 17, 2012 (BOR) – Jonglei State’s governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, has ordered the construction of a drainage system to deal with flooding in the state capital, Bor.

Kuol Manyang Manyang Juuk inspecting the drainage system will be dug based on where the water is flowing, May 17, 2012 (ST)
Kuol Manyang Manyang Juuk inspecting the drainage system will be dug based on where the water is flowing, May 17, 2012 (ST)
In a tour around the town, Manyang noted that heavy rainfall has lead to the destruction of roads and residential areas.

Manyang has asked the state minister of physical infrastructure to work day and night to create a drainage system leading to the river Nile.

The roads leading to Pakuau estate are now inaccessible due to the flooding.

The Jonglei state governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk watching vehicles struggling to cross the flooded road in Bor, 17 May, 2012 (ST)
The Jonglei state governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk watching vehicles struggling to cross the flooded road in Bor, 17 May, 2012 (ST)
Concerned about the state of the Bor-Pakuau road and the displacement of people in Bor, Manyang told the excavation engineer to work through the night in order to achieve results expeditiously.

The state Minister of Physical Infrastructure said his ministry has started working to create the drainage systems, saying the water level along the main roads will go down soon.

The car of the state minister of law enforcement , Duop Lam, moving in deep water on Bor town-Pakuau road in Bor, May 17, 2012 (ST)
The car of the state minister of law enforcement , Duop Lam, moving in deep water on Bor town-Pakuau road in Bor, May 17, 2012 (ST)
A series of debates are going on in Bor on whether the drainage system should flow into the Nile. It is seen as a quick fix by some who fear that the Nile will burst its banks.

The state minister for agriculture and forestry, Mayen Atem told Sudan Tribune from the work-site that the water level of the Nile has been static or rising “since January this year and so, opening the drainage system into the river will cause more floods here.”

Military vehicle on Bor road from the village, 17 May, 2012 (ST)
Military vehicle on Bor road from the village, 17 May, 2012 (ST)
The state deputy governor, Hussein Maar called upon the people in Bor, during the Sudan People’s Liberation Army anniversary on Wednesday, to come dig drainage trenches in order to save lives.

(ST)