Sudan Floods Displace Tens of Thousands
Farms, homes, markets, schools, and roads have been left underwater for months in South Sudan by the worst flooding some communities have seen in 60 years. The floods have affected nearly 1 million people and displaced tens of thousands.
A big reason that the flooding in South Sudan is so bad right now is due to an extreme drought the country has been experiencing during its dry seasons. Scientists believe that this is all due to the climate crisis.
Carolyn Wainwright, a climate scientist at the University of Reading in the UK, told CNN, ‘After you've had a long period of drought, soil may be hardened, may be very dry, and so you're going to get more (rainwater) runoff, and that will exacerbate the risk of flooding.’
With the next rainy season in South Sudan expected to begin in mid-April 2022 and water still covering much of the land, officials in the South Sudan state of Bentiu are concerned for the future.
Lam Tungwar Kueigwong, Bentiu’s minister of Land, Housing, and Public Utilities told CNN, ‘We are told the water behind me will not go now, it will not recede or dry up. It's going to take a while because it's deep water.’