Sudan – Floods Destroy 1,000 Houses in Sennar State

Heavy rains and flash floods in Sudan have destroyed 1,160 houses and damaged another 1,320 homes, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported in a bulletin last week. Around 15,000 people have been affected.

The floods occurred in Singa, the capital of Sennar State. In response, Civil Defense and Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) have unblocked drainage networks, relocated affected people and distributed sandbags to protect from flooding.

Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) in Sennar reported that 3,000 mats, 10,000 mosquito nets, 5,000 pieces of plastic sheeting, 3,000 tents, 10,000 blankets, 3,000 kitchen sets, food, sanitary items and medicine were urgently needed to respond to the needs of the affected people. SRCS estimates that about 14,900 people (2,500 families) have been affected so far.

The UN report, quoting local media, also says that heavy rains and strong winds have destroyed several buildings in Madani, in El Gezira State. There have also been reports of rains and flash flooding in parts of Blue Nile, White Nile and Gedaref states, and the Kordofan and Darfur regions. Over the past few years, heavy rain and floods have destroyed or damaged private houses and public buildings such as schools and hospitals, affecting thousands of people. During the rainy season, there is an increase in water borne diseases, especially diarrhoea.

Increased Rainfall Expected

The rainy season usually starts in Sudan in June and ends in September-October. According to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) update issued on 31 May, the regional consensus climate outlook for the June to September 2016 rainfall season indicates an increased likelihood of above normal rainfall over most of the northern parts of the Greater Horn of Africa (including Sudan).

The IGAD report said there is an increased likelihood of flood risk during the rainfall peak months of August and September across Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan.