On 4th august I reported that floods had struck across various regions in Sudan, including Khartoum.
The heavy rainfall in Sudan has continued over several days now and resulted in further floods and the death of as many as 38 people. In a similar story to the flood-related deaths in Karachi, Pakistan, that occurred over the weekend, many of the deaths in Sudan were as a result of houses and buildings collapsing and electrocution in the flood waters.
Flood waters of as much as 1.5 metres inundated streets and roads, especially in the eastern parts of Khartoum, making the area look more lake than desert.
Mohammed Mustafa Al-Sinari, aid commissioner of Khartoum state, said that aid supplies had been airlifted in. Aid includes tents, medicine, blankets and food.
Although the official government line is that assistance is available, in Omdurman there have been demonstrations over the lack of government assistance and its ability to deal with the flooding. Reports claim that the demonstrations were broken up by anti-riot police with batons and tear gas. A number of demonstrators were arrested.
Some media reports are claiming that these are the current heavy rainfall is the worst seen in the country since the 1988 floods.