With close to a million people affected by heavy flooding in South Sudan, the leadership of the National Salvation Front (NAS) come out to offer messages of solidarity and encouragement to the victims of the devastating floods and has directed leaders in areas under NAS control to double their preparedness in the remaining weeks of the rainy season.
According to the UN report released on 25th by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, “the catastrophic floods have devasted large areas of the country since July, submerging entire communities and forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes.”
Addressing senior members of NAS, Chairman Thomas Cirillo expressed his heartfelt solidarity with the victims of the recent floods and directed all community leaders and civil-military administrators in NAS controlled areas to remain prepared to cater for more victims given the fact that more rains and flooding has been forecasted.
The Chairman of the NAS said the victims of the floods are not alone in their sufferings.
“Our people have suffered and have been neglected for far too long. As we continue to struggle to restore the freedom, unity and dignity of our people, let us stand together during these hard times in solidarity and support of our suffering people who have been hit by this natural disaster and have lost access to the little health facilities, feeding centres and some basic services that were being provided to them by the international humanitarian NGOs,” he said.
General Thomas Cirillo went on to appeal to the International Community to assist where ever they can.
According to the UN report, “..across the 32 flooded counties in Jonglei, Upper Nile, Warrap, Eastern Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Unity and Lakes, more than 3 million people were in need of assistance even before the rains..”