19 Jun 2019

 

Hundreds of Residents Displaced And Houses Destroyed By Rain In Aweil

“I am totally confused and do not know where to go and what to do with these kids. My only house was demolished by heavy rain last night and also some of my basic equipments, especially utensils, have been destroyed too along with the house.” Amel told Gurtong in Aweil.

By Thiik Abraham

AWEIL, June 5, 2019 [GURTONG]-At least 102 houses have been confirmed damaged by heavy rain last night. Residents have evacuated their homes and temporary settle in open and dryer areas along the roads.

In an inclusive interviews with Gurtong in Aweil, residents appeal for humanitarian assistance and better drainage system to help them resume their normal activities in their homes.

Amel Kuol, a resident in Maper says she is completely helpless and does not know what to do for the rest of the days if the intervention is not made urgently.

“I am totally confused and do not know where to go and what to do with  these kids. My only house was demolished by heavy rain last night and also some of my basic equipments, especially utensils, have been destroyed too along with the house.” Amel told Gurtong in Aweil.

She further added that her food stuff and other important items for basic living have gone and she would have to be like a street beggar if she has to bring up the kids.

“As we speak to you, there is no food for us today, no utensils, no flour, and no sleeping and cooking stuff. How will we make it really?” she wondered.

Minister of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Hon. Lual Deng told the gathering in Aweil today that the situation was worsening and that there is a need for humanitarian support in order for them to revert the situation

“Our people here are in need of humanitarian assistance. As you can see more than 100 houses have been destroyed by heavy rainfall. The situation is getting bad because many of them will have nowhere to sleep tonight. We therefore urge the humanitarian sectors to respond and curb the situation so that this is quickly addressed for these homeless.” Lual told journalists in Aweil.

In a separate meeting, the newly appointed governor of Aweil state Hon. Tong Akeen Ngor, also left his office this afternoon to visit the affected residents and pledged his solidarity with them. He is
expected to hold meetings with various humanitarian sectors for an emergency response today.

Sources have also confirmed that he had a public briefing at Aweil freedom square this afternoon where he outlined ways of drainage system and solutions to clean the town through youth and residents’ support.

Heavy rainfall fell for 9 hours across Aweil State. Other worse situations are being reported in other swampy areas of the state and others say this may also temper with agriculture this year.

This year’s rainfall in Aweil started only on May 26 and cultivation across the region has been delayed due to low quantity of rainfall.
 

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