Flash floods destroy four homes in Juba Na Bari suburb

At least four homes have been destroyed by recent flash floods in Juba Na Bari suburb located West of Juba city.
Alfredo Brun a resident of Juba Na Bari West whose home have been destroyed by flash floods in Juba Na Bari speaks to reporters on Friday (Photo by Awan Achiek)

By Awan Achiek

At least four homes have been destroyed by recent flash floods in Juba Na Bari suburb located West of Juba city.

The residents blamed the woes on a two-storey building constructed in a wet land for clogging a nearby water channel.

One of the affected residents Alfredo Brun, said his house was totally submerged and some of his property including mango trees have been destroyed. 

“As you can see my mango tree has been destroyed by water and the house with two bedrooms behind me has been destroyed completely. The water is continually destroying this area,” Brun told journalists during a visit by a delegation of Central Equatoria State officials to Juba Na Bari area on Friday.

The 67-year-old father of 10 said he has been residing in Juba Na Bari since 1986, said he is now homeless.

“If not for God’s mercy I would not be alive to talk with you today, the house was about to collapse on me had I not moved out very fast,” Brun said.

Brun said he is now living with his children in a temporary shelter in an open place.

Another resident, Asunta Wilson said many houses are on the verge of collapse if nothing is done urgently to rescue them.

“We are living in fear because houses are next to those that have been washed away, and we are appealing to the government to help us to prevent other plots from being affected,” Wilson said.

 She appealed to the state government to come to their rescue.

“This area was not flood-prone when the roads were opened, cars were able to pass from here to New-site,” Wilson disclosed.

Fred Laku, Central Equatoria State Minister of Land and Housing said they are planning to build gabion boxes to prevent water from washing away houses.

“We have come with our engineers to do assessment and their assessment concluded with recommendation for purchase of gabion boxes to prevent water from washing away houses, and this requires about 32,000 U.s dollars,” Luku said.

Luku warned residents against building houses on low land to avoid further destruction.

“We want our people not to build their houses on streams or water channels because once you build your house on water channels, you block the water and it can cause destruction,” he said.

Flora Gabriel Modi, Mayor of Juba City Council, said they are engaging the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission and humanitarian partners to provide aid to the affected families in Juba Na Bari area.

“The first thing that we are going to do is to engage the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission and the humanitarian organizations to provide relief to these families affected by flash floods,” Gabriel said.

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