Sudan – Flooding Leaves 23 Dead, 50,000 Displaced

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG-ECHO) reports that heavy rains in Sudan since mid-July have caused severe flooding. As many as 8,900 families have been displaced as a result of the flooding.

As of 16 August the floods and rain had left at least 23 people dead, over 60 injured and affected more than 70,000 people in 7 different states.

ECHO said the most affected states are Kassala (28,210 people), West Kordofan (23,880 people) and Khartoum (10,080 people). Homes and key infrastructure has been damaged and livelihoods disrupted.

International humanitarian agencies have been providing food, emergency shelter and non-food items.

The Sudanese Red Crescent Society has activated its Emergency Operation Centre and has conducted assessments identifying the need for shelter, medical first aid services, tracing services, safe drinking water, health, sanitation and hygiene awareness.

An Emergency Plan of Action to support 12,500 people (2 500 households) in West Kordofan and Kassala States was adopted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on 13 August 2018.

Featured image: File photo of flooding in Khartoum, August 2013. Credit: IFRC

Flood Summary

Last updated: November 27, 2018
Event
Sudan, July to November, 2018
Date
July 15, 2018
Type
Flash flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall
DG-ECHO reported in August 2018 that heavy rains in Sudan since mid-July had caused severe flooding. As of 16 August the floods and rain had left at least 23 people dead, over 60 injured and affected more than 70,000 people. The worst affected states were Kassala (28,210 people affected), West Kordofan (23,880 people) and Khartoum (10,080 people.

In November 2018, UNOCHA reported that over 200,000 people in 15 of Sudan’s 18 states have been affected by heavy rains and flash floods between June and early November, according to the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC). This is almost double the 122,500 people affected by floods the same time last year. The worst affected states are Kassala (47,480 people affected) Sennar (33,830) West Kordofan (33,175) Gedaref (23,975), Red Sea (19,100), Northern (16,450), Central Darfur (14,200), and White Nile (13,645). Over 19,640 homes were destroyed, according to the Government of Sudan and partners.

Locations

A - Kassala
B - Sennar
C - West Kordofan
D - Gedaref
E - Red Sea
F - Northern State
G - Central Darfur
H - White Nile

Damages

Fatalities
23 people
July 15 to August 16, 2018
Evacuated
50,000
July 15 to August 16, 2018
estimated figure. Official figures report 8,900 families displaced
Affected
200,000
Sudan - June 1 to November 27, 2018
According to a report by UNOCHA for flooding between June and November 2018.
Buildings destroyed
19,640
Sudan - June 1 to November 27, 2018
According to the UNOCHA report