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Unity State gov’t donates food items to flood victims

The Unity State government has donated food items to four flood-affected IDP camps to reduce hunger and starvation.

The camps that received the food relief package were Kuerboni, Bimruor, Bilnyang, and Bidey.

Unity State Secretary in the Office of the Governor Mr Gatwech Wal confirmed that the unity state government under the leadership of Dr Joseph Nguen Monytuil has donated 4,000 food items including oil, salt and 500 sacks of beans to flood-affected persons.

“Unity State government donated six trucks of food items with 4,000 sacks of sorghum and each sack of sorghum is 100 Kg, the food donation included 500 sacks of beans, cooking oil, salt and non-food items,” Wal told Juba Echo during an interview at Unity State Secretariate.

The food donation targeted 4000 households and each household received one sack of 100 kilograms of sorghum.

Gatwech said the state government will continue to help people affected by climate shocks as rain season kicks in.

“Our state government will continue to donate food items to flood-affected people in Unity State before the rain season, the food donation will not reach to southern unity state due to poor road condition,” he said.  

Wal also told Juba Echo that another six trucks of food left Juba for Lake state to provide food to Panyijiar Floods displaced persons who settled in Lake state.

More than 800,000 people were affected by flooding in 2021 according to a report published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in November.

The UN agency noted that Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states were the worst affected areas by the flooding that started in May due to their proximity along the Nile and Lol rivers, and in Sudd marshlands.

It says the widespread flooding continued to impact 835,000 people and their livelihoods in 33 counties out of 78 across the country as of December 8.

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