Sudan Floods Continue

Flooding has continued in Sudan and is now believed to have affected between 150,000 and 200,000 people. The death toll is now believed to be over 50. The floods were caused by heavy rainfall which first began in early August.

The flooding worsened and by 4th August had hit Khartoum particularly badly. 38 people died as a result of houses collapsing in the floods or electrocution after their homes had been flooded.

Since then the heavy rainfall has continued. Reports claim somewhere between 150,000 and 200,000 people have now been affected across the whole of Sudan. Khartoum province is the worst hit, where over 80,000 people have been affected. An initial estimate reports that 26,000 homes have been destroyed by the flooding, leaving a possible 100,000 people homeless.

On 11th August at least 14 people died as a result of flooding at the Kalma camp in South Darfur. Flood waters destroyed 874 houses there.

Sadly further rainfall is expected. The United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) believe the number of people likely to be affected will rise further. Weather reports show that Ehtiopia has seen heavy rain over the last few days. Rainfall in Ethiopia feeds into the Blue Nile river which runs through Khartoum.

Many of the people affected by the flooding have moved to camps on higher ground. Where possible the UN and other aid agencies are providing essentials such as food, medical services and supplies, safe drinking water, blankets, and mosquito. On 14th August UNOCHA reported that 1,000 residents at the Nyeel refugee camp in Unity state will be moved to Ajoung Thok which is understood to be safer and less vulnerable to flooding than Nyeel.

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Sources: Huffington Post; Sudan Tribune; News 24