Red Cross Launches Appeal as Flooding Causes Crisis in Sudan

Red Cross Press Release – Sudan Floods, August 2013

The International Federation of Red cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has launched an emergency appeal of 918,554 Swiss francs to assist 35,000 people affected by the severe flooding in the states of Khartoum and River Nile in Sudan.

Between 1 and 3 August, heavy rain fell in eight of Sudan’s states, resulting in flash floods. At least 36 lives have been lost and 93 people injured, with an estimated 80,000 people displaced. The floods have also destroyed infrastructure and livelihoods. Latest UN estimates suggest at least 124, 790 people have been affected by the recent flooding.

Schools, health facilities, offices, shops, markets, and water and sanitation facilities have not been spared. Several roads have been rendered impassable, effectively paralysing the transport system.

“According to our assessments, the flooding has, so far, affected an estimated 20,796 households (approximately 124,790 people). Around 13,946 houses have been completely destroyed and another 6,850 partially damaged, with 5,639 latrines in a state of collapse. At least 663 animals have been reported dead,” said Rahama Mohammed Ibrahim, Disaster Management Director at the Sudanese Red Crescent Society.

The Sudanese Red Crescent Society continues to distribute relief items to families affected by the flash floods, and is also carrying out the important task of registering affected families.

The hardest hit areas include the states of Khartoum, Gazira, Northern and River Nile. Some displaced families, mostly women and children, are camping along the tarmac road, others have found shelter staying with relatives who have homes on higher ground.

The IFRC operation will last for six months and will focus on providing emergency shelter and relief items, emergency health, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene interventions to prevent and mitigate disease outbreaks. Preparedness and risk reduction work will also be a priority as more rain is expected in the coming months.

The Sudan Meteorological Authority has predicted that more rain is to come. If this happens, more families are likely to be affected during the coming weeks. Also of great cause for concern is the rising water level of the Blue Nile and the White Nile.

The Sudanese Red Crescent Society is coordinating its activities with the government and other humanitarian agencies, including the United Nations.

For further information, please contact:

In Sudan:

In Nairobi:

  • Susan Onyango, Senior Regional Communication Officer, IFRC
  • Tel.: +254 734 880087 or +254 722 780938
  • E-mail: susan.onyango@ifrc.org

In Geneva: