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TEREKEKA - 25 Nov 2019

Official warns of looming famine in Gemeza County

The commissioner of Gemeza County in South Sudan's Terekeka State has warned of looming famine after heavy rains and floods hit the area for the last four months.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Sunday, Mohammed Abdallah Daniel said all farms have been destroyed and that has led to crop failure.

“Most of the farms near the river were destroyed and all the crops failed to yield because of the floods and rains. This is one of the worst years for the people of Gemeza because more than a hundred houses were destroyed,” Abdallah said.

He added that the local population has also been exposed to health problems amidst the lack of medicines.

“Every day the hospital records 13 cases of malaria, infections, and typhoid, especially among children and the elderly,” he said.

The commissioner further called for immediate intervention by the government and humanitarian organizations to avert a humanitarian crisis in the area.