SOUTH SUDAN / FLOODS

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19-Oct-2021 00:02:51
More than 700,000 people across South Sudan have been affected by intense and unrelenting floods due to heavy rainfall over the past six months. Affected communities continue to be isolated and cut off from aid as roads, bridges and airstrips have been submerged, hindering urgent delivery of assistance. UNHCR

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / FLOODS
TRT: 02:50
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / DINKA / NATS

DATELINE: 29 SEPTEMBER 2021, MABAN COUNTY, JONGLEI STATE, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Wide shot, overhead view of flooded area
2. Wide shot, women walking, carrying their belongings through flood waters
3. Wide shot, man walking in flood waters / car driving ahead
4. SOUNDBITE (Dinka) Amer Diing, Host Community
“Our request to the government and organizations is that they should provide us with some plastic sheets because if the water does not enter our shelter, we could still make small channels around our homes. But if the rain continues, there is a need for plastic sheets to cover us. Our main fear is for the children falling sick because of coldness caused by the rain-water having nothing to cover them.”
5. Wide shot, pan of tents in flooded water
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Arafat Jamal, UNHCR Representative, South Sudan:
“We’ve seen houses submerged, people wading through water and infrastructure damaged. The floods are a reality. This is the twenty-first century and we have spoken to people who’ve said they have not seen flooding like this since 1962.”
7. Wide shot, view of flooded area from driving car
8. Wide shot, people walking on muddy road
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Arafat Jamal, UNHCR Representative, South Sudan:
“Climate change does not have to lead to despair because there are solutions, solutions include pumping, it includes canalization, and they include good planning. What we would like to do as an international community, what we must do is to support the efforts of the people and the government of South Sudan to combat climate change and to see how to make the lives of people better and more hopeful.”
10. Wide shot, pan of flooded area
11. Med shot, Arafat standing with local officials and UNHCR staff
12. Various shots, people manning water pump

STORYLINE:

More than 700,000 people across South Sudan have been affected by intense and unrelenting floods due to heavy rainfall over the past six months. Affected communities continue to be isolated and cut off from aid as roads, bridges and airstrips have been submerged, hindering urgent delivery of assistance. UNHCR and partners and the local authorities are doing what they can to provide emergency support. But much more is needed.

SOUNDBITE (Dinka) Amer Diing, Host Community
“Our request to the government and organizations is that they should provide us with some plastic sheets because if the water does not enter our shelter, we could still make small channels around our homes. But if the rain continues, there is a need for plastic sheets to cover us. Our main fear is for the children falling sick because of coldness caused by the rain-water having nothing to cover them.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Arafat Jamal, UNHCR Representative, South Sudan:
“We’ve seen houses submerged, people wading through water and infrastructure damaged. The floods are a reality. This is the twenty-first century and we have spoken to people who’ve said they have not seen flooding like this since 1962.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Arafat Jamal, UNHCR Representative, South Sudan:
“Climate change does not have to lead to despair because there are solutions, solutions include pumping, it includes canalization, and they include good planning. What we would like to do as an international community, what we must do is to support the efforts of the people and the government of South Sudan to combat climate change and to see how to make the lives of people better and more hopeful.”

Ongoing heavy floods in South Sudan have affected over 600,000 people. Unrelenting floods from six months of heavy rains have swept away homes and inundated farmlands. Families and livestock have been forced to seek safety in higher ground and in neighbouring towns. Humanitarian partners and the local authorities are rushing emergency support. People desperately need shelter, food, water and sanitation services.
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