South Sudan declares disaster in flood-affected areas

A view shows the aftermath of floods in the town of Iboud, in al-Gezira state, 250kms south of the capital Khartoum, on August 22, 2022. (Photo by Ebrahim Hamid / AFP)
A view shows the aftermath of floods in the town of Iboud, in al-Gezira state, 250kms south of the capital Khartoum, on August 22, 2022. / AFP

South Sudan’s government has declared flood-affected parts of the country as national disaster areas and appealed for assistance.

Friday’s appeal came after torrential rains in the Upper Nile and Bahr el-Ghazal regions.

Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said the floods have displaced thousands of people and claimed hundreds of lives.

Earlier this week, President Salva Kiir appealed to humanitarian partners for help.

South Sudan has experienced extreme flooding over the past three years, with more than 800,000 people affected in 2021 alone.

Since the beginning of the rainy season in May, flooding in parts of the country has forced some health centers to close and stranded populations, leaving them vulnerable to water-borne diseases and snake bites.