Planetark.org, July 31, 2007
JUBA, Sudan - More than 12,000 people have been affected by flooding in southern Sudan, emerging from decades of civil war, and six of the region's 10 states have been declared a disaster zone, officials said on Monday.
"Responding is going to be extremely challenging logistically and very expensive," said
UN stockpiled resources in poorly accessible areas are dwindling and new appeals for help are being written.
Despite a lack of information from the vast reaches of the swampy south, dotted with villages, the United Nations and the southern government are braced for more flooding.
The Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) has allocated US$1 million to the worst two affected states said James Kueth, relief director for the GOSS humanitarian wing.
Kueth, who said most of those affected had been displaced, said the central
UN analysts say new road construction following the signing of a north-south peace deal in January 2005 has changed drainage patterns and is partly responsible for changed water movement.