SOUTH SUDAN / ROAD REHABILITATION

12-Jun-2019 00:03:33
With the rainy season fast approaching, Thai engineers from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are racing against time to repair one of country’s main road connecting cities Juba and Yei. Once the rains start, all works will have to stop. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / ROAD REHABILITATION
TRT: 3:33
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTION: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /ARABIC /NATS

DATELINE: 10 JUNE 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE
SHOTLIST
FILE - RECENT, BUNGU, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Wide shot, bulldozer pushing marram on road
2. Med shot, bulldozer at work
3. Close up, Thailand flag on shoulder of peacekeeping engineer
4. Wide shot, truck loading marram soil on road
5. Various shots, engineer driving grader
6. Various shots, roller compacting road
7. Wide shot, vehicles using unfinished road
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Major Thananphat Diewvilai, Thai Horizontal Military Engineering Company:
“Because of the road condition, there are many holes, there are many parts that were damaged, so we have to backfill with the marram soil. So, to backfill we need the excavator to extract the marram and the dump-trucks to transport the marram to the construction site, and then we will use the bulldozer and the grader for the leveling and we will finally compact with the roller.”
9. Wide shot, bulldozer compacting road and children walking along road
10. Med shot, Sebit riding motorcycle
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Henry Malish Sebit, local resident:
“Now the road is good. That means we are not going to suffer any more. We are no longer going to have to constantly repair our motor bikes, six or seven times a month, and the money we used to repair the motor bike I will use to pay for the school fees of my children, since the school is quite close here and the balance will help solve some family issues.”
12. Pan left, humanitarian vehicle on the road
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Tatisio Keyi, local resident:
“This road was very rough – big holes, and even movement [was] a bit difficult, especially when we are going with ambulance driving from the camp up to Juba, but right now, I appreciate the road is now going smoothly.”

FILE – JUBA MUNDRI ROAD, SOUTH SUDAN

14. Tracking shot, UN patrol driving over flooded and destroyed road
15. Wide shot, convoy stalled
16. Wide shot, vehicle on its side
17. Wide shot, vehicle being lifted only to fall over again

10 JUNE 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

18. various shots, Batra inspecting the road
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Rahul Batra, Chief Engineer, United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“Our primary aim is to open up the main supply routes so that our logistics convoy can go through – all the convoys which are taking fuel, rations, material to places like Bentiu, Bor, Pibor, Wau Kuajok, but also the huge beneficiary of this process are the local communities, the government itself, other funds and agencies and programs – in fact everyone benefits from it – it’s a win-win situation.”

FILE – VARIOUS LOCATIONS

20. Various shots, road works
STORYLINE
With the rainy season fast approaching, Thai engineers from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are racing against time to repair one of country’s main road connecting cities Juba and Yei. Once the rains start, all works will have to stop.

Most of the main roads in South Sudan are in constant need of repair, and convoys to different parts of the country often suffer delays or damage – making transportation, access and delivery of humanitarian assistance a herculean task. The UN Mission in the country has intervened, with major road rehabilitation works.

Bulldozers, graders, rollers and other heavy machinery have been deployed along this stretch, and up to sixty road engineers have been busy working on four to five kilometers of road, every day. They are eventually expected to finish off the 150-kilometer road.

SOUNDBITE (English) Major Thananphat Diewvilai, Thai Horizontal Military Engineering Company:
“Because of the road condition, there are many holes, there are many parts that were damaged, so we have to backfill with the marram soil. So, to backfill we need the excavator to extract the marram and the dump-trucks to transport the marram to the construction site, and then we will use the bulldozer and the grader for the leveling and we will finally compact with the roller.”

For now, rehabilitation works have ceased at 45-kilometers, because the rains have started.

Malish Sebit and other road-users can now happily ply this route in half the time they used to, before repairs started.

For Sebit, there is relief and a big financial value.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Henry Malish Sebit, local resident:
“Now the road is good. That means we are not going to suffer any more. We are no longer going to have to constantly repair our motor bikes, six or seven times a month, and the money we used to repair the motor bike I will use to pay for the school fees of my children, since the school is quite close here and the balance will help solve some family issues.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Tatisio Keyi, local resident:
“This road was very rough – big holes, and even movement [was] a bit difficult, especially when we are going with ambulance driving from the camp up to Juba, but right now, I appreciate the road is now going smoothly.”

Years of civil war allowed minimal progress in various infrastructural development, and the country’s road network has suffered greatly, with rampant insecurity on the poorly maintained roads negatively affecting economic and social development.

With engineers from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan stepping in to help rehabilitate close to 2,500 kilometers of road countrywide – things are looking up.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rahul Batra, Chief Engineer, United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“Our primary aim is to open up the main supply routes so that our logistics convoy can go through – all the convoys which are taking fuel, rations, material to places like Bentiu, Bor, Pibor, Wau Kuajok, but also the huge beneficiary of this process are the local communities, the government itself, other funds and agencies and programs – in fact everyone benefits from it – it’s a win-win situation.”

And as UNMISS engineers from Bangladesh, India, the United Kingdom, South Korea, China and Thailand continue to rehabilitate these main supply routes, it is hoped that enabling access of the roads will allow the country to flourish economically, while also allowing United Nations and other humanitarian agencies to benefit from their use.
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