Sudan: Floods claim more than 50 lives

In Sudan, thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed since the rainy season began.

Sudan’s rainy season, which began in May, has already caused many deadly floods.

“Fifty-two people have been killed and twenty-five injured due to torrential rains and floods” since the start of the rainy season, according to the official news agency SUNA, which quoted Abdel Jalil Abdelreheem, spokesman for the National Council for Civil Defense (NCCD), on Saturday 13 August.

Mr. Abdelreheem stated that 5,345 houses had been destroyed and 2,862 damaged throughout the country. Public buildings, businesses and agricultural land were also affected. The states of Nile, Southern Darfur, North Kordofan and South Kordofan are among the most affected, he noted.

More than 300,000 people affected during the rainy season in 2021

Heavy rains usually fall in Sudan between May and October. The country then faces severe flooding that damages homes, infrastructure and crops.

In a report published on Monday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated that about 38,000 people had been affected by the rains and floods since the start of the rainy season.

Some 314,500 people were affected during the 2021 rainy season in Sudan, according to OCHA.

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