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Jonglei state: Severe water crisis hits Ayod County

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February 7, 2011 (JUBA) - Severe water shortages have hit Ayod County, located about 100 miles north of Jonglei state capital Bor, the area commissioner told Sudan Tribune Monday.

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A dry borehole in Ayod county, Jonglei State. Nov 15, 2010 (Photo: Othieno Ogeda)

Thoi Chany Reat, the Ayod County commissioner attributed the escalating problem to failure by concerned authorities to repair over 10 boreholes, which broke down in the area. The situation, he added, has affected thousands of residents and those who recently returned to the south from the north of the country ahead of and since the regions referendum on independence.

Final results of the vote were announced in Khartoum on Monday, confirming an overwhelming 99 percent result in favor of independence.

“The number of returnees in Ayod County is growing each and every day and shortage of water is proving to be a serious challenge that needs to be addressed as soon as possible,” the commissioner said by phone from Ayod county.

He appealed to the various humanitarian agencies and development partners who operate in South Sudan to intervene to ensure that the ever worsening situation can be rectified.

Mary Nyaulang, an area legislator also expressed concern over the situation, urging well wishers to intervene into the plight of the thousands in dire need for running water. Specifically she appealed for the supply of borehole spares parts and appealed for contracted engineers to train locals on techniques of how to repair broken water pumps.

“We are appealing to well wishers to come and help as the situation is more grave and complex with the imminent breakout of Kalazaar in the area,” Nyaulang told Sudan Tribune by phone.

In August last year, medical personnel reported the first case of an outbreak of Kalazaar disease in Ayod County. The chronic and potentially fatal parasitic disease of the viscera (the internal organs, particularly the liver, spleen, bone marrow and lymph nodes) killed over 50 people in the area.

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  • 9 February 2011 06:26, by Quol Quot

    Give them water pump, that is how the government should help.

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    • 9 February 2011 07:31, by Kolnyang youth

      Jonglei state government should be concern about its owned people ,Governor Kuol, please make sure people of Ayod county have got more than 20 b,holes in the County to serve the life of our people in Ayod .

      Anti-tribalism.

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      • 9 February 2011 08:42, by omoni Atari

        I thought river Nile is passing through Jonglei state,so let the people fetch or drink water directly from Nile.

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    • 9 February 2011 08:32, by actiongatkuoth

      hey!!!!!!!!!!!!! hey !! kuol manyang.
      you just only runnig after food, you don’t look after people??

      Ayod citizen please you work hard in your county don’t wait for kuol.
      kuol his aim is only to get food ,thank may God be with you Ayod citizen.

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      • 9 February 2011 08:45, by Bol Deng

        Actiongatkuoth,

        We know that Jognlei is worse in both flood and even famine. It need alot of works than cattle wrestling dear brother.

        The state of Jonglei has no enough resources that can built wells in the counties of Jonglei.

        The only thing that people of Ayod should do is to stop their youth from raiding cattle from their neighboring counties.

        They must dig their well or asked their relatives abroad to build atleast three taps and they will be fine.

        It was once said by governor Kuol Manyang that we need not to sit idle waiting for help from nowhere.

        let wake up and build the nation and stop backwardness.
        I am sorry for the people of Ayod and Akobo because they suffered a lot during the 1991 spilt. I really know why!

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  • 9 February 2011 07:35, by kaci-banno

    Dear readers

    You should consider my calculation, Leadership pluse empty mine equal devastation. Those of Kol Manyang need to be retire, this time is a time for expertees like me to establish the structure of government that protect civillians from water crises and insecurity that cause by hyena. July 9th will be the end of wrong elements within the leadership process.

    By: kaci-Ma-banno

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  • 9 February 2011 14:15, by unity state boy

    The stupid guy in website like Amoni Atari he wrote bad idea ,How can the community drink the water from river nile and we have many thing that can help by marking handfarm,Dear Governor kuol manyang can you help your community who are suffering for water in Ayod County

    Thank by Unity state boy

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    • 9 February 2011 15:45, by Kolnyang youth

      Unity state boy :

      Thank you so much for your comment ,is how people advice their leaders $ challenging them ,Kuol manyang should take care of his owned people of Ayod county .

      Anti-tribalism .

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  • 10 February 2011 02:10, by Atem Tuor

    Who’s really blameworthy in this particular scenario? Is it Jonglei State’s Administration, or The Government of Southern Sudan? Could we just roughly mount this disastrous and distressing situation on all the Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), which are operating and/or functioning in South Sudan? I don’t know the legitimate answers to these questions. I’ll leave it to the audience to makes fair and sound judgments.

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