S. Sudan receives $200,000 from the African Development Bank

Women and children carrying food rations as they wade through waist-high water in Jonglei State |Photo: Ajak Deng Chiengkou.
Women and children carrying food rations as they wade through waist-high water in Jonglei State |Photo: Ajak Deng Chiengkou.

October 31, 2020 (Thessherald)–As the flooding continues to affect communities on an alarming scale, the African Development Bank has announced the provision of humanitarian aid worth $200,000.

The grant will be channeled through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) – an agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to end hunger and improve nutrition and food security around the world.

“This contribution is crucial to allow tens of thousands of people displaced by the floods to procure their own food and avoid the spectrum of hunger,” Meshack Malo, FAO representative in South Sudan, said in a statement issued on Thursday.

The UN official pointed out that they’re working around the clock with the South Sudanese government to help communities recovery from flood-induced crises.

“We are working non-stop with the Government and our other partners to help South Sudanese return fast to their farming and livelihood activities,” Malo added.

Benedict Kanu, the bank’s country manager for South Sudan, underscored the urgency and gravity of the issue.

He said that more than 100 people killed and about 25,000 refugees and internally displaced people are among those affected.

Since July 2020, unprecedented flooding has destroyed the homes and farmlands of over 800,000 people — with Jonglei and Lakes being the worst affected states — forcing many to leave their homes.

Greater Duk communities appeal for veterinary services to prevent zoonoses

June 6, 2020 (Thessherald)–Greater Duk communities of Twic East County & Duk County, Jonglei State call upon the government, NGOs and international agencies to provide veterinary services in the area to prevent zoonotic diseases that have killed hundreds of animals during the recent floods.

”The Greater Duk areas are in dire need of veterinary medicine and all other necessary health facilities critical to controlling the deadly animal diseases affecting animals on a large scale,” said Anter Bayak kuol, one of the community leaders.

“The recent floods that nearly flooded the entire areas, last year, had a very negative impact on our animals in Jonglei State, bringing in unwanted pests and insects,” he added.

“Over hundred-thousand heads of cattle and other 24, 000 sheep and goats are believed to have died since last year, as the flooding reached its climax in Duk counties, Jonglei state.”

South Sudan is one of the worst flood-stricken areas in the region, and according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 400,000 people are believed to have lost their homes in the wake of the heavy seasonal rains that struck most of the region.