Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Southern Sudan floods displace tens of thousands

Climate Change Corp: More than 40,000 people have been displaced by severe floods pushing through southern Sudan amid pleas for international help

The flooding is concentrated in the country's southeastern Jonglei state, where the Nile River spilled over its banks and drenched the rural province last week. A local official, Diing Akol, commissioner of the Twic East County, is appealing for help to assist the thousands displaced in the flooding. Also, the floods have ravaged many farms in the area, cutting off a major source of food for locals.

The floods are extremely rare considering that this is southern Sudan's dry season, and heavy rains are almost unheard of this time of year. Juba, Sudan, the nearest major city to the Jonglei province, on average receives only 5 mm of rain during the month of January….

Lake Maleit in South Sudan, shot by NASA