September 4, 2013 (BOR) – Several families have been displaced in Bor after the river Nile burst its banks on Tuesday, causing extensive flooding in the town.
- A number of families camped at the roadside at Hai-Machuor round-about in Bor September 4, 2013 (ST)
“It’s a disaster because the water is now moving very fast”, said Chol Wall, head of the state assembly.
In an interview with Sudan Tribune on Wednesday, Chol Wall said the government was mobilising resources with the assistance of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to assist the displaced families and clear roads blocked by water.
The UN deployed excavators to help clear blocked roads leading into or out of Bor town.
“You can see the excavators. They are trying to stop the water”, said Chol Wall, while showing Sudan Tribune excavators at work on the roads.
Many households affected by the flooding camped along the flooded road at Hai-Machuor. At the time of filing this report, the families at Panapet, Hai-Machuor and Thon-bour said they had nowhere to go.
A canal dug for rice irrigation in the 1980’s that draws water directly from the River Nile is thought to have contributed to the flooding. The water in the canal broke its banks and flowed uncontrollably.