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Official: Nile waters in Sudan have started to decrease after severe floods


The water and irrigation ministry reported on Sunday that Nile waters in Sudan have started to decrease after arriving to record levels this year and producing deadly floods in the whole country. Indeed, it’s usual that Sudan lives heavy rain from June to October, and it suffers from severe flooding every year.

However this year, officials declared that they had registered the highest waters on the Blue Nile, which joins the White Nile in the Sudanese capital Khartoum since records started over a century ago.

The ministry reported that the waters had reached on September 7 17.67 meters (58 foot), but by Sunday the level reduced to 17.36, it also added that the drop was being registered in many control stations around the country.

Moreover, the UN reported on Thursday that the floods had touched more than half a million people in Sudan, damaged thousands of homes, and increased the risk of water-borne disease outbreaks.

Almost 106 people have been killed and 54 others wounded, according to Sudan’s civil defense. The tragedy pushed the Sudanese government to declare a three-month state of emergency.

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