Engineers from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and humanitarian partners managed to repair flood-induced levee breaches protecting a camp for internally displaced persons, which is home to more than 100,000 people in Bentiu, the capital of the South Sudan.
Heavy rains last weekend caused sections of the levees to collapse, leading to the flooding of the IDP camp.
Joint efforts by UN peacekeepers, humanitarian partners and local community members are now paying off as water levels begin to recede.
They are also continuing additional work to ensure the local airstrip remains open and functional.
“We continue to strengthen the area that was violated.
There has been increased monitoring of levees and sandbagging to repair the leak, and we are working day and night to reclaim the road that leads to the local airstrip to ensure the provision of life-saving services,” said Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of UNMISS.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has also hired levee monitors at the IDP site, to help check the levees section by section.
They also quickly provided three pumps from Juba to Bentiu to help with the recovery of the flooded areas.
When weaknesses are discovered, sandbags are used to temporarily repair them, until permanent solutions are implemented by IOM‘s dedicated expert teams.
The Mission is now working to repair the roads north of Bentiu to secure the trade route from the north, as the southern approach to the town of Bentiu has been submerged by flooding.
Bentiu has experienced unusually heavy rain in the last four years.