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Jonglei asks UN agencies to join fight against flood


By Philip Thon Aleu

November 14, 2008 (BOR TOWN) – Facing challenges of increasing water level in the State capital, Jonglei government asks United Nations agencies “to join-up” for common goals, state minister of information and communication says Thursday.

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Photo showing flood affected area in Bor town (Photo Ph Thon, ST)

Speaking to Sudan tribune at his office in Bor and hours before a meeting scheduled with UN agencies, Taban Jouch describe the flood as a calamity that has sent hundred homeless. “This is a disaster. It has dislodged many people from their residential areas,” the minister stressed.

The flood followed river Nile overflow Sunday night that submerged the most populated town suburbs in Bor Town. Pan de Machuor, Pan-jak and Lek-yak have been critically hit. By Thursday, two lodges — Safari and part of Liberty — and the main park are taken up by water. Many households in Pan-jak have been evacuated.

The level kept increasing in the last three days; downing many huts and clearing hand-made dykes off it route. Analysts say the level could decrease shortly; dismising claims that more people will be displaced. The latest flood in Jonglei capital took many residents and government by surprise.

Jouch observed that most Counties in Jonglei state encountered untold floods this year. This, he said, directly affects food production, humans and cattle diseases. A relief from UN agencies will be significant, he argued.

Asked whether the government still embarks on building dykes as planned earlier, Jouch have a different approach. “There may be a blockage in the river Nile and building a dyke here means diverting water to another area,” he said. Jouch cites a dyke built in Twic East County as a possible cause of Bor Town flood “because water can not flow easily as usual.”

Cripple by limited resources, Jonglei government’s strength to combat flood or assisting affected persons remains futile thus; a need for many hands and heads. “This is not an issue for governor alone, it needs everyone assistance to get a solution to it (flood),” Taban said. But calling a helpful friend has no substitute. “We have contacted the UN agencies and we need to join-up our effort with them,” the minister revealed.

The minister prefers opening the blockage in the River Nile or on the dyke built in Twic East County to avoid more floods.


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  • 14 November 2008 03:46, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    You misused it when it is turns into dangerous situation then it is time facing your eyes to UN what a premature policy being ran by gangsters,. How comes that a governor is unable to solve his own state affair without UN. I will not agree to this as natural disaster, it is from your finger and cattle. Grow up people don’t go opposite to the way of development and self management.

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    • 14 November 2008 05:08, by Maruon Ayiei

      Who is this oxy-moron bashing at the State and people of Jonglei? Mr.paraniod schizophrenia, you better behave and think like others human being in the region who don’t parade when others felt under natural disaster. Maybe, maybe you are delusional and has no restitution or apathy for deprived people. You might enjoyed your unrepented behavior and the cult of your own writing will somehow shone upon you.

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    • 14 November 2008 06:45, by Good South in Ruin!


      You are such an idiot that can never change. May the name of Jonglei answer your filthy reactions on it in particular.

      Ruin your self and do not blame God. You are so silly that you can not listen to statemates like myself.

      Good South in Ruin

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    • 14 November 2008 09:18, by Uncle Sam.

      Mr. Big logic or illogic, I have been reading your responses ever since; and I found that, you go contrary to every statement made, where people thinks positive, you go anticlockwise.

      What I can tell you brother “A man with a cough cannot conceal himself” the way you talks will later land you into regrettable deals, let us be talking to your wife instead, and let your mother carry a blames.

      My advice to those who might have had gone into vex situation with Mr. illogic, what is true by lamplight is not always true in sunlight and what cannot be cured must be endured, this is a reality to all of us and Mr. illogic boy “a really boy with an inverted quotes” I know you will get annoyed but remember; we all boil at different degrees”

      Jonglei leaders have right to asks UN agencies to join fighting against flood because a floods don’t spare UN or NGOs with their operations; and such a calamities were the reasons of why a country like S. Sudan has un agencies such as UN bodies so, we shouldn’t leave for tomorrow what we can do today.

      Uncle Sam

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  • 14 November 2008 07:00, by Dennis-the Brain

    the NGOs should not stand and star at the government

    we need strong international relation with the locals.

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  • 14 November 2008 09:07, by mawenga

    Don’t just look for more problems to solve. first try to find solution to flood in jongulei Capital of Bor than cuausing other problem in Twic East county.

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    • 14 November 2008 19:58, by Nilenda

      Guys, I warning all of you not to say anything to Mr. Logic at this point. I have a solution since he deserve some rights. Please, NO MORE COMMENTS AFTER HIS VIEWS.

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      • 16 November 2008 21:47, by linno dinno

        In fact, it’s very crucial that you can know our problems specially we the Borian communities. Now we are suffering for flood now, is it GOD who did that or Africa/New Sudan Magic man? So it’s reason that I said that, because now it’s going to be the winter no ongoing flood that can displaces the people in this Month.
        So, immediately we were so tired that, if its possible you the GoSS level you can contribute a lot on that issue because it’s not affect us only but also including you.

        By jonglei well born linno dinno

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