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Floods left 31 people dead in Upper Nile’s Maban County

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By James Gatdet Dak

October 28, 2008 (JUBA) – 31 people were reported dead this week in Upper Nile state’s eastern County of Maban after floods devastated a number of Payams in the area, according to a press release issued on Monday by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs in the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS).

The Director for Special Programmes (Disaster Management) in the Ministry, Goi Yol, who returned to Juba on Sunday after estimating the damages caused by the flooding, said the situation was desperate as tens of thousands of people were already displaced and in dire condition.

He said about 80% of the County’s headquarters was submerged while five bridges connecting it to its neighbor counties and payams were also destroyed and washed away, cutting off supply of consumer goods from Melut and Renk counties.

A separate death toll was reported in Khor El Ahmer (Red Stream) Payam, where 25 people died after they drank from a pond. A sample of the water was collected for medical analysis.

Yol said a five-member team that included representatives of the Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC), UN agencies and NGOs had landed in Maban on Saturday for more assessment of the situation in preparation for humanitarian response.

A State of Emergency was declared by the Governor of Upper Nile state last week after widespread flooding was forecasted in the state’s eastern counties as Yabus streams and Sobat river tributaries burst their banks as a result of heavy rain falls in Ethiopia and Sudan.

Similar flooding is expected this year for other states that include Jonglei, Unity, Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal.

GoSS and UN agencies are expected to conduct a joint meeting on Thursday to discuss how best to respond to the looming situation.

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  • 2 November 2008 12:38, by tayeb M. Alhassan

    NO MORE LOGGING!!!

    Floods, draughts, desert creep and other natureal crises are natural yields of deforestation and due environment deterioration. Since long time forest in Sudan have been subject to random logging activities by local inhabitants and cross regional wood raw material seekers to feed the low quality product sawmills. Local authorities oblivious or in connive to deforestation process widely rampage in historic forests of Sudan in purpose of char coal or low quality furniture despite the high quality of raw material wood. In the early days a normal axe equipped man can hardly cut a tree of 200 years old but when the chained-motorized-hacksaws introduced, the logging game rules have changed. A 200 years old tree tumble needs no more than five minutes to lay dead for ever. Targeting the old trees resulted into loss of substantial seed sources that young trees need at least ten years to yield embed for further future deforestation giving way to unexpected natural disasters, that people never accustomed to, to strike everywhere across the country.

    Nature long time ago has stopped rebuilds resources that man deliberately and frequently destroys so, interference of man himself needed to help nature rebuild and grow. Logging effective countrywide legislations have be initiated and put in effect for forests and wild life protection.

    Wild life not less those historic forests and for much cheap purposes badly exterminated. Wild animals like tigers and anacondas killed only for their precious skins to make “Markoob” that ugly traditional shoe could be made of eatable animal leathers or canvas but people still insist to wear it out of uneatable animals and reptiles I don’t know whey.

    What I have written here is a small stone thrown into that stagnant lake of nature destruction in our country and I hope that will be the first call for all to save the future generations that lays in forest and wild life which need protection.



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