Floods in Jonglei, Sudan

More than 5,000 families have been displaced by severe flooding in Bor, the state capital of Jonglei in South Sudan. The floods were caused by the White Nile River breaking its banks.

The river levels began rising since last week and have since overflowed into the surrounding town. According to the Sudan Tribune, nearly 75% of the town has been affected. The areas worst off include Panapet, Malual chat, Thon-buor, Panjak, and Lekyak. Those affected by the floods have moved to higher, safer ground, or are being housed in local schools.

According to the Sudan Tribune:

The Red Cross in Bor has helped evacuate people from the flood and the government has opened Bor A and Bor primary schools for residents to temporarily housed. Bor secondary school is also accommodating a large number of people.

The UN is also helping with improving flood defences and relief work. Soldiers from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have been working to improve and shore up flood defences since last week.

Sudan has been suffereing from some of the worst floods in its history since early August 2013. Since then over half a million people have been affected and 48 people killed. Over 100,000 houses have been destroyed.

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Sources: The Sudan Tribune