SOUTH SUDAN / BOR PANYAGOR HUMANITARIAN

11-Feb-2021 00:03:29
Torrential rainfall in the past few months resulted in large scale floods and consequent displacement across many parts of South Sudan. Alain Noudehou, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan recently visited Bor and Panyagor to assess the situation and discuss ways forward to help the local community. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / BOR PANYAGOR HUMANITARIAN
TRT: 03:29
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 11 FEBRUARY 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE
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11 FEBRUARY 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various aerials of Bor flooding and dykes
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Noudehou, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General-Humanitarian, UNMISS:
“We came here today with a high-level delegation to look at the situation of the flooding and see what we can do to help alleviate the challenges that the population is facing. Number two, we’re also here to discuss with the communities and the population to discuss what we can do in the longer term to prevent [this sort of] flooding in future.”

FILE – UNMISS - 5 AUGUST 2020

3. Various of locals bailing water and building a dyke around their home

11 FEBRUARY 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Noudehou, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General-Humanitarian, UNMISS:
“We will be going to Panyagor to look at the dyke situation to see how much the [existing] dyke has helped prevent flooding in certain areas and also [check] weaknesses in areas without dykes to see how much the water has affected the people. It’s important for us to have discussions this morning to know what UNMISS, WFP and IOM are doing to maintain these dykes and also [their work in] building new dykes not only to protect people from floods but also to create dry land for people to be able to go and fix the bigger dykes.”
5. Various, Flooding in Panyagar
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Noudehou, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General-Humanitarian, UNMISS:
“The UNMISS engagement to fix up the dykes is important not only for what we are doing now in terms of making sure that people are protected [during this crisis]. It’s also very helpful for the future because imagine, the country is now facing tremendous challenges when it comes to food security and we’re talking about assistance and we are talking about assistance on the humanitarian side. But, if you want people to build their own resilience and start to really fend for themselves, we need them to stop worrying about water affecting them and start planting their lands. This system of dykes will not only stop the suffering now but will allow the people to rebuild their lives going forward.”

FILE - UNMISS - 5 AUGUST 2020

7. Wide, UNMISS Korean Engineers building a dyke in Bor Town
8. Wide, Bor residents with make shift boat moving belongings
9. Wide, Bor residents with make shift boat moving belongings

11 FEBRUARY 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Noudehou, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General-Humanitarian, UNMISS:
“This is not just about UNMISS and the UN agencies alone. It has to be a partnership, a partnership that includes the UN agencies that are doing the work on the ground with the communities and the government. [The Government] needs to do their part by uniting communities and building morale and the donors can provide [much-needed] resources. It has to be a partnership.”

11. Wide, Delegation in Panyagor
12. Med, in foreground Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and DSRSG and in foreground WFP Chief
STORYLINE
Torrential rainfall in the past few months resulted in large scale floods and consequent displacement across many parts of South Sudan. The overflowing waters of the Nile river have had a devastating impact on people’s lives in the Bor region, destroying homes, farmlands and paralyzing essential services such as schools, healthcare facilities and local markets.

While UNMISS engineers deployed here have worked with local authorities to rehabilitate major dykes damaged by rain, much more needs to be done to address the surging humanitarian needs of communities living here.

Alain Noudehou, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan recently visited Bor and Panyagor to assess the flood situation and discuss ways forward to help the local community.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Noudehou, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General-Humanitarian, UNMISS:
“We came here today with a high-level delegation to look at the situation of the flooding and see what we can do to help alleviate the challenges that the population is facing. Number two, we’re also here to discuss with the communities and the population to discuss what we can do in the longer term to prevent [this sort of] flooding in future.”

The DSRSG stressed that the delegation’s aim was to listen to the communities living here and inspect the dyke in Panyagor to assess the exact requirements to ensure a sustainable flood prevention strategy that would reduce the effects of this annual downpour on families.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Noudehou, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General-Humanitarian, UNMISS:
“We will be going to Panyagor to look at the dyke situation to see how much the [existing] dyke has helped prevent flooding in certain areas and also [check] weaknesses in areas without dykes to see how much the water has affected the people. It’s important for us to have discussions this morning to know what UNMISS, WFP and IOM are doing to maintain these dykes and also [their work in] building new dykes not only to protect people from floods but also to create dry land for people to be able to go and fix the bigger dykes.”

The DSRSG also highlighted the work being done by UNMISS to protect people here from the ravages of floodwater by building primary and secondary dykes.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Noudehou, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General-Humanitarian, UNMISS:
“The UNMISS engagement to fix up the dykes is important not only for what we are doing now in terms of making sure that people are protected [during this crisis]. It’s also very helpful for the future because imagine, the country is now facing tremendous challenges when it comes to food security and we’re talking about assistance and we are talking about assistance on the humanitarian side. But, if you want people to build their own resilience and start to really fend for themselves, we need them to stop worrying about water affecting them and start planting their lands. This system of dykes will not only stop the suffering now but will allow the people to rebuild their lives going forward.”

DSRSG Noudehou also highlighted the importance of partnerships in finding a long-term solution to this problem.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Noudehou, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General-Humanitarian, UNMISS:
“This is not just about UNMISS and the UN agencies alone. It has to be a partnership, a partnership that includes the UN agencies that are doing the work on the ground with the communities and the government. [The Government] needs to do their part by uniting communities and building morale and the donors can provide [much-needed] resources. It has to be a partnership.”

The visiting delegation to Bor and Panyagor included humanitarian, diplomatic and government partners.
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